The NSPCA and a task force of organisations rescued and rehabilitated 27 caged wildlife taken from a man’s home, now we get to see how some of them are doing.


Johannesburg, South Africa – During December 2018, a man was arrested for selling a chameleon on the roadside. When the SAPS got to his home he was in possession of over 27 various wild animals. The man claimed to have rescued them but they were badly neglected and in need of medical care.

In his home, the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) found 3 Spotted Eagle Owls, 4 Barn Owls, 1 Puff Adder, 1 Large Spotted Genet, 3 Vervet Monkeys, 6 Tortoises, 1 Suricate (Meerkat), 5 Pigeons, 1 Piebald Crow and 2 Falcons. They were kept in filthy conditions. A coalition of organisations came through to rescue all the animals.

Inspectors from the NSPCA, Roodepoort SPCA, Randfontein SPCA and Cora Bailey from CLAW (Community Led Animal Welfare) were on the scene to get the animals out and to a place where they could be treated medically.

The owner was arrested for different crimes and the animals were taken to Johannesburg Wildlife Vets for rehabilitation and release. Now in February 2019, the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital has a positive update to the story about the Vervet Monkeys.

“The rescue team worked tirelessly to rescue these animals that were being kept illegally, and brought them through late one evening, close to midnight after a day of investigating and ensuring they could safely transport the variety of animals that needed to be rescued.”

“Amongst the patients admitted were three adult Vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus). These monkeys were sedated and examined, and found to be in reasonable health. We ensured that they were familiar with natural food items, and made preparations for them to continue their rehabilitation journey, integration into a troop and eventual release at Riverside Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Pictured here are the vervets as well as some pictures of Riversides’ facilities – a primate specialised rehabilitation centre.”

The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital are thankful for the combined efforts from all parties involved in rescuing all the animals.

“We are thankful for the collaborative spirit and working relationships with the NSPCA, SPCA Roodepoort Krugersdorp, SPCA Randfontein, Cora Bailey from CLAW (Community Led Animal Welfare) as well as Riverside Wildlife Centre South Africa.”

It is thanks to organisations like these that both wild and domestic animals are saved on a daily basis. We applaud their efforts every day and thank them for their unfailing dedication.

Sources: Facebook
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