A bush pig was seen roaming the streets of Sandton and thanks to the collaboration of animal welfare organisations, it was rescued and treated for its injuries.
Sandton, South Africa (22 October 2020) – The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital treats indigenous wildlife free of charge, relying solely on the support of the community. Their Facebook page is the place to be! It is filled with heartwarming rescue stories of our stunning local wildlife.
They solely focus on smaller species of indigenous animals as there are not many organisations that work or specialise in smaller species.
Recently, they were involved in the treatment of a rescued bush pig found roaming Sandton.
Bush pigs are not usually considered cute; they are strong, stocky pigs with coarse hair. They are large and can weigh around 60kgs. Bush pigs thrive in close proximity to human settlements. In the wild, they feed on plant roots, bulbs, tubers, fruits and insect larvae.
“This Bush pig (Potamochoerus larvatus) was seen in the Sandton suburbs for a couple of days. Dr Bull from the Craig View Veterinary Clinic, alongside the Sandton SPCA, were able to successfully dart him and bring the pig through to our facility.
Aside from a few scratches on his face, and being visibly tired, the bush pig spent a few days at our hospital recuperating from his last few days of running through the suburbs. He was clearly hungry as he ate a vast amount of food while in our care!
After he appeared to be livelier and more alert, Dr Jenny Hewlett from Onderstepoort was asked to assist in darting the pig once more (our facility is still fundraising for our own dart gun) to enable his transport to a safe release site.
Thank you to all parties in ensuring this Bush pig lives a happier safer life in a suitable area.”
Below are the various payment options for the Wildlife Vet, they rely on donations so if you are able to, you can donate through the methods below.
Paypal: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr… (For the USA and international-based donors)
Johannesburg Wildlife NPC
FNB Cheque account
Account nr: 62658400264
Branch code: 255355
Swift code: FIRNZAJJ