In November last year a tiny little porcupine was rescued after a massive storm and now she is getting ready to be released back into the wild.


Johannesburg, South Africa – The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital took in a tiny porcupine last year after it was found wondering in Grant Fairley’s garden. There had been a massive storm so the vet suspected that the little girl was flushed from her burrow.

This little South African porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis) was found wandering around in a suburban garden after a massive storm. It is suspected that she was unsettled and flushed from her burrow.

They attempted to reunite her with her mother but sadly they were unsuccessful. Because of this they took her in and cared for her.

“Efforts to reunite her with her mother were unsuccessful, and as such she will spend some time with us. She is currently drinking a special milk formula and beginning to nibble on natural food sources. Once she is fully weaned and is able to fend for herself, she will be released into a suitable area.”

Now a few months later, they have shared an update about her and we can’t help but smile. She is being relocated to a pre-release enclosure where she will have the opportunity to acclimatise to the new environment, prior to a soft release process.

The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital treats indigenous animals free of charge, relying solely on the donations and support of their community. We are so happy to see her thriving after being rescued.

Credit: Ashleigh Pienaar

Sources: Johannesburg Wildlife Vet
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