Dog thefts on the increase in Cape Town

Dog thefts

Some breeds are at a higher risk than others due to their intrinsic value. Picture: David Ritchie/African News Agency(ANA)

The Animal Welfare Society and the Cape of Good Hope SPCA  have noticed an increase in the number of pets being reported as lost or missing with their owners often alleging that their pets have been stolen.

This trend may be due to an increased number of pets owners using social media as a means of alerting the public to their loss and the post then going viral.

In 2012 the City of Cape Town launched a “Pet Finder” website where individuals and organizations could log a pet as lost or found. 

This should be any pet owners first point of call when their pet goes missing followed by calls or e mails to their local animal welfare organisations that operate Pounds (such as ourselves) and local veterinary practices most of which offer temporary sanctuary to stray animals.

The law defines animals as property or possessions so anyone whose pet goes missing should also immediately report the matter to the SA Police who are obliged to open up a theft docket.

Source: IOL

Catastrophic breaking news: 537 vultures found poisoned in dark day for Botswana conservation


This image of poisoned vultures is not from this incident, and is used for illustrative purposes © Nic Proust

Botswana’s Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) has announced today that they have recently identified a poisoning site with 537 dead vultures (comprising five species) and two tawny eagles. 

The site of the mass poisoning was identified as Wildlife Management Area CT 1 in the Central District. This former trophy hunting area is close to the Botswana and Zimbabwe border, near Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. Three poached elephant carcasses were laced with poison, which led to the vulture deaths.

The 537 dead vultures comprised 468 white-backed vultures, 28 hooded vultures, 17 white-headed vultures, 14 lappet-faced vultures and 10 Cape vultures. The DWNP law enforcement team attending the scene is working around the clock to decontaminate the area, and sampling of carcasses and the environment was done for further laboratory analysis. Members of the public in the vicinity of CT1 have been requested to report any further wildlife mortalities in their area, and to report any suspicious activities which may suggest environmental poisoning to the nearest wildlife office or the police.

Populations of white-backed, white-headed and hooded vultures are ‘Critically endangered’ according to the IUCN Red List, which means that they have an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild. Lappet-faced and Cape vultures are classified as ‘Endangered’, which means that they are in danger of extinction through all or a significant portion of their ranges. Vultures face many threats to their ongoing survival, including mass poisoning incidents such as this, habitat and nesting site loss, collisions with power lines and pylons and poaching for the traditional medicine trade.

Compounding the loss to already threatened vulture populations is that this is the breeding season, and so many of the adult victims in this mass poisoning incident would have eggs or chicks, which will in all likelihood die.

Vultures provide an invaluable ‘clean-up’ service to the ecosystem, due to their unique digestive ability, and without them the spread of disease from rotting carcasses would be rife.

Further reading about vultures: Why the World Needs Vultures.


The site of this mass vulture poisoning was at CT1, seen in the centre of this map.


Source: Africa Geographic

RRSA | Annual Animal Rescuer Conference 2019


Rescue Rehab SA takes great pleasure in inviting you to our 2019 Animal Rescuer Conference.

The weekend entails a varied program, includes exclusive, once-off topics and networking opportunities.

Topics of discussion include:

–  Safety & Security – How to make your organisation safe | Dir Robbie Roberts | CoCT Law Enforcement
–  Does Animal Welfare matter? | Marcelle Meredith / Morgane James | NSPCA
–  What makes a successful NPO? | Elanza Klopper | Dog Town Pretoria
–  Animal Welfare and the Law | Marcelle Meredith / Morgane James | NSPCA
–  When Animal Welfare becomes detrimental to Animals | Guest Speaker
–  Victims in Animal Fighting | Marcelle Meredith / Morgane James | NSPCA
–  The Psychological Effects of Animal Welfare | Guest Speaker | Clinical Psychologist
–  Developments in Animal Law Internationally & lessons for South Africa | Tony Gerrans | ED HSI Africa
–  Arising challenges in Animal Welfare | Marcelle Meredith / Morgane James | NSPCA
–  Full Q & A sessions after presentations!

Details as follows:


Friday 30th – Commence at 15h00 to 20h00
Saturday 31st – Commence at 09h00 to 05h00

Venue: Milnerton Auditorium, 81 Pienaar Road, Milnerton, Cape Town
Times: (Approx)

Registration: 15h00 to 15h30 on Friday afternoon

Cost: R200 per delegate, includes refreshments and lunch

Tickets for sale on Quicket.

For more information, please call:

Yvette on 073 150 1010
Ronel on 082 440 4813

Source: RRSA

Why it’s better to adopt a pet


PHOTO: facebookOne of the dogs available for adoption at Parr, is Earl, who is a seven-week-old puppy looking for a good home.

WHILE many prospective dog owners’ first thought is to buy a pure-bred dog, and more and more people are becoming sceptical of adopting a dog that is not a puppy, Pietermaritzburg Animal Rescue and Rehome (Parr) member Chevonne Chetty has argued that the adoption of pets from rescue organisations is the better option.

“When buying an animal you are not guaranteed to receive an animal that has been vaccinated, dewormed, sterilised or treated for ticks and fleas. Rescue organisations, like ours, ensure that all of the above, and things like microchipping, are done to ensure that if the animal goes missing, he or she can be identified by someone when found,” said Chetty.

Chetty said rescue organisations do home checks before and after allocating an animal to a home and most will keep in contact with the owners should they need advice or assistance.

Many animals are neglected once the honeymoon phase is over between the animal and the owners but Chetty say they have a way to deal with this.

“We have adoption contracts to ensure the safety and security of the animal, allowing us to remove the animal if the adopter breaches the contract by being negligent or abusive towards the animal.

“We also ensure that the animal is returned to us should the adopters move to a place where they can no longer keep the animal,” said Chetty.

Chetty said that most private sellers of animals do not do proper home checks to ensure that a property is safe enough for the animal before selling them. By adopting an animal, Chetty said you are also saving money as if you were to purchase an animal privately, you would often be liable to get the animal vaccinated, dewormed, treated for ticks and fleas and sterilised.

“People must ask the necessary questions before they purchase a pet,” said Chetty.

Those looking to adopt can contact Tina at 071 883 1457 or Tash at 076 167 2175.

Source: News 24

Drop in rabies jabs in KZN a cause for alarm

Drop rabies

Dr Vanessa Meyer says it is every pet owner’s duty to make sure their pet is vaccinated against rabies, whether the owner thinks it is safe or not.

Nearly 50 positive rabies cases in dogs have already been recorded in KZN this year, and it is only June.

State Vet for the King Cetshwayo District, Dr Vanessa Meyer, said this year’s stats did not paint a good picture to the trained eye.

“Looking back at the figures of previous years, by May 2017 we had 25 positive dogs in KZN, and by May 2018 we had already had 111. We are currently on 47 positive dogs for this year so far,” said Dr Meyer.

While it might look like there is a decline in rabies cases this year, she said a serious threat persists as they have seen a decline in rabies vaccinations along the coastline.

“This is due to the very real persistent threat of vehicle hijackings while conducting mass vaccination campaigns. The public needs to be more pro-active in getting their animals vaccinated, and not expect the vaccine to come to them.”

She said the vaccination of dogs in South Africa was a legal requirement and was the responsibility of the pet owner.

“No single person is excused from having their dogs vaccinated against rabies.”

She warned people living in estates on the Dolphin Coast not to get complacent thinking their pets were safe and therefore did not need to be vaccinated.

“It is not uncommon for dogs to get bitten on the nose through a fence or a gate and many a beloved pet confined to a garden has developed rabies this way. The owner has a false sense of security and believes they are above the law. The risk in Ballito is very real and a rabid dog will cover a great many kilometres.”

The rules are clear when it comes to a pet being bitten by a rabid animal and the consequences can be heartbreaking.

“Should any pet be bitten by a rabid animal and a valid rabies vaccination certificate cannot be produced, that pet must be euthanased as the risk of it contracting rabies is too great. There are no exceptions, no matter how loved that pet may be.”

It is important to remember that while dog rabies is the biggest threat, according to Dr Meyer other animals can also be the carrier of the deadly virus.

“A rabid cat or mongoose will enter any property with ease, and a number of human deaths can be attributed to cat bites.”

Do not be fooled by the wagging tail

Rabid animals are not always the aggressive, snarling, salivating beasts they are made out to be – they might be calm and relaxed.

“There is a change in behaviour so a wild or aggressive animal may become tame. There is also a dumb form of rabies where the animal will be subdued. Rabid dogs and puppies often wag their tails due to stimulation of the nervous system, and so can frequently appear friendly.

“Even the experts get tricked by the vast plethora of rabies symptoms. The best advice is to never approach or touch a strange animal.”

Dr Meyer said the incubation period of rabies varies from a week to many years, but typically it is less than six months.

“Rabies can only be transmitted by an animal when it is sick with rabies, and also during the time immediately preceding symptoms. Rabies is 100 percent fatal. If an animal is still alive ten days after the onset of symptoms, then it does not have rabies.”

The disease can only reliably be confirmed by the examination of brain tissue said Dr Meyer.

“There is no accurate test in the living animal.”

Source: The North Coast Courier

Is it Dangerous for Dogs to Drink Salt Water?

Is it Dangerous for Dogs to Drink Salt Water?

Image: Pixabay

Anyone who has ever swallowed a mouthful of salt water when swimming in the ocean knows how unpleasant it tastes. When dogs drink salt water, it can be dangerous for them, and it can even be deadly.

Dogs Drinking Salt Water

Dogs love the beach, but playing games of fetch, chasing waves, and swimming can all lead to a thirsty dog who consumes salt water. In most cases, a few mouthfuls of salt water may only cause diarrhea. Consuming large amounts of salt water, however, can be fatal.

When a dog ingests salt water, the excess salt draws water from the blood into the intestines, leading to diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration. Salt water also disrupts the fluid balance in your dog. Dogs with toxic levels of sodium in their systems have a mortality rate higher than 50 percent, regardless of treatment.

When too much salt builds up in a dog’s body, her cells release their water content to try and balance out the sodium disparity. This, in turn, causes a litany of serious health effects. It can cause seizures, a loss of brain cells, injury to the kidneys, and severe dehydration. If a dog with saltwater poisoning isn’t treated medically, the condition can easily lead to death.

Treating Saltwater Poisoning in Dogs

If you suspect that your dog has consumed a toxic amount of salt water, your best bet is to get him to the veterinarian as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, there is no specific treatment for saltwater poisoning in dogs.

Your veterinarian will attempt to restore your dog’s water and electrolyte balance to normal levels. Lowering sodium levels too quickly, however, can be dangerous, increasing the likelihood of cerebral edema (fluid on the brain). A veterinarian will administer IV fluids to try and flush the excess salt out of your dog’s body. He’ll also monitor her electrolytes, provide treatment for brain swelling, control seizures, and offer supportive care.

In ideal cases, the water and electrolyte balance will be restored over a period of 2-3 days. This usually involves hospitalization. Further supportive care and medications may be given, depending on your dog’s condition.

Is it Dangerous for Dogs to Drink Salt Water?

Image: Pixabay

Symptoms of Saltwater Poisoning in Dogs

Drinking excessive amounts of salt water typically results in vomiting within a few hours. While mild cases may only involve a few bouts of diarrhea, in severe cases the dog may suffer from weakness, diarrhea, muscle tremors, and seizures. If your dog shows any of these signs, even diarrhea, call your veterinarian or local veterinary emergency hospital for advice.

One of the most noticeable symptoms of dog saltwater poisoning is odd behavior. Too much sodium in the body can cause your dog to become confused, non-responsive, lethargic, or otherwise just off.

Preventing Saltwater Poisoning

The amount of salt water required to reach toxic levels depends on your dog’s access to fresh water. The best thing you can do to keep your dog safe at the beach is to make sure he always has access to fresh water. If you notice your dog drinking ocean water, restrict his access, provide him with fresh water and shade, and keep an eye on him for signs of toxicity. Take a break away from the water every 15 minutes to help avoid salt poisoning as well.

Too Much Fresh Water

Dogs can also drive their salt content too low if they drink too much fresh water when swimming in a lake or pool, according to Heather Loenser, DVM, the senior veterinary officer for the American Animal Hospital Association. “The body works very hard to regulate the balance of salt and water,” she says. “If your dog’s behavior changes after swimming in either fresh or salt water, take him to the vet immediately for bloodwork.”


Allowed to Grow Old: Radiant Portraits of Elderly Animals

Allowed to Grow Old

Source: Isa Leshko

“There’s nothing quite like a relationship with an aged pet—a dog or cat who has been at our side for years, forming an ineffable bond. Pampered pets, however, are a rarity among animals who have been domesticated. Farm animals, for example, are usually slaughtered before their first birthday. We never stop to think about it, but the typical images we see of cows, chickens, pigs, and the like are of young animals. What would we see if they were allowed to grow old?…Open this book to any page. Meet Teresa, a thirteen-year-old Yorkshire Pig, or Melvin, an eleven-year-old Angora Goat, or Tom, a seven-year-old Broad Breasted White Turkey. You’ll never forget them.”

A few months ago I was asked to write an endorsement for award-winning photographer Isa Leshko’s forthcoming book Allowed to Grow Old: Portraits of Elderly Animals from Farm Sanctuaries. I remember beginning to flip through the manuscript and accompanying biographies of each of these amazing nonhuman animals (i.e., animals), calling off plans for the night, and totally diving into this magnificent and heartwarming book. I wrote: Allowed to Grow Old is a priceless and heartfelt tribute in stunning images and moving words to elderly farmed animalssenior citizenswho had previously lived horrific lives. This beautiful book clearly reveals the individuality of each animal photographed, and shows that farmed animals are no different from the companion animals with whom we share our lives. They are sentient beings with unique characters and personalities, who simply want to live out their lives with lots of love and in peace and safety. As an ethologist who has studied the emotional lives of a wide variety of animals, I could easily feel what each individual was feeling when they were photographed, and could well imagine the lives they have led.

Now that Ms. Leshko’s book has been published, I find myself flipping through it over and over again and being totally absorbed by each and every image. I was thrilled she could take the time to answer a few questions about her landmark work. Excerpts from our interview follow. (Complete biographies for the three individuals portrayed below are in Note 1.) 

“Each time I witnessed these exchanges of affection, I marveled at these animals. They had every reason to fear human beings, yet they had come to trust, and even love, their caregivers. Their bodies may have borne the scars of earlier abuse, but their spirits clearly did not. Their resilience showed me the power of empathy and compassion.”

Why did you publish Allowed to Grow Old?

I began this series shortly after caring for my mom, who had Alzheimer’s disease. The experience had a profound effect on me and forced me to confront my own mortality. I am terrified of growing old, and I started photographing geriatric animals in order to take an unflinching look at this fear.

As I met rescued farm animals and heard their stories, though, my motivation for creating this work changed. I became a passionate advocate for these animals, and I wanted to use my images to speak on their behalf. It seemed selfish to photograph rescued animals for any other reason.

Ash, Domestic White Turkey, Age 8 Source: Isa Leshko

From that point on, I approached these images as portraits, and I endeavored to reveal something unique about each animal I photographed. My goal was to dispel the stereotype that farm animals are dumb beasts. I am not saying that they are like the anthropomorphic barnyard characters in Charlotte’s Web. But they do experi­ence pleasure and pain, joy and sorrow, fear and anger. 

I do not claim to know what the animals in my photographs are thinking or feeling. It’s not possible to know precisely what animals are thinking or feeling—just as we can never truly know the inner lives of our fellow humans. But I want viewers of my images to appreciate that the animals in my pictures do think and feel. I photographed the animals at eye level because I wanted viewers of these portraits to gaze directly into my subjects’ eyes and have an intimate encounter with them. 

I continued to focus on elderly farmed animals because it is nothing short of a miracle to be in the presence of a farm animal who has managed to reach old age. Fifty to seventy billion land animals are factory farmed globally each year.

Most farm animals are slaughtered before they are six months old. By depicting the beauty and dignity of elderly farm animals, I invite reflection upon what is lost when these animals are not allowed to  grow old.

How did you approach creating these images?

Rescued farm animals are often wary of strangers, and it can take several days to develop a comfortable rapport with the animals I photograph. I often spend a few hours lying on the ground next to an animal before taking a single picture. This helps the animal acclimate to my presence and allows me to be fully present as I get to know her. 

I work only with natural light. I generally do not even use a tripod and instead stabilize my camera on my knee or on the ground. t. When editing my images for my book, I carefully considered whether the portraits I selected were respectful to the animals I had photographed. Many of the animals I met had lost teeth and drooled a lot. I wrestled with whether to leave this drool in my images or to remove it in Photoshop. I decided to include it because I did not want to impose any anthropocentric norms on these animals. 

“The animals who appear in my book though are the lucky ones, despite their early traumatic experiences. Billions of animals each year never make it to sanctuaries. They lead brief miserable lives that end in bloodshed.” 

I really like the combination of moving images that show how each individual feels and the text that you and others wrote to accompany them. Why do you think that this is a good way to portray who these beings truly are?

Allowed to Grow Old

Babs, Donkey, Age 24 – Source: Isa Leshko

Animal products are ubiquitous in our world, but farm animals themselves are culturally invisible. With Allowed to Grow Old, I’m trying to bring farm animals out of the shadows. I hope that readers will stop to consider these animals’ lives and recognize that they are individuals and not commodities. 

Most of the animals I met endured extreme abuse and neglect early in their lives. My portraits are testaments to their strength and endurance. For that reason, I shared details about each animal’s life before they were rescued and placed into sanctuaries. I did not go into graphic detail, but I wanted readers to appreciate that these animals were survivors. 

The animals who appear in my book though are the lucky ones, despite their early traumatic experiences. Billions of animals each year never make it to sanctuaries. They lead brief miserable lives that end in bloodshed.  

What did you learn from working on your book?

Being in the presence of farm animals who defied all odds to reach old age taught me that old age can be a blessing and not a curse. I will never stop being afraid of what the future has in store for me after seeing my mother and my grandmother succumb to dementia in their final years. But I want to face my eventual decline with the same stoicism and grace that the animals in my photographs have shown.

While working on this book, I also learned that farm animals are no different from the dogs and cats I have known. I included a hand­ful of portraits of elderly dogs in Allowed to Grow Old to exemplify this point and to raise questions about why we pamper some animals and slaughter others. At Indraloka Farm Sanctu­ary in Mehoopany, Pennsylvania, a pig named Jeremiah jumped with excitement when he saw Indra Lahiri, who nursed him back to health after he arrived there with severe pneumonia. Melvin, an Angora goat who lived at Farm Sanc­tuary in Orland, California, put his front hooves up on his fence when sanctuary staff approached his enclosure. He gave visitors gentle head butts that reminded me of the friendly greetings my cats give me. These animals had every reason to fear human beings, yet they had come to trust, and even love, their caregivers. Their bodies may have borne the scars of earlier abuse, but their spirits clearly did not. Their resilience showed me the power of empathy and compassion.

Allowed to Grow Old

Teresa, Yorkshire Pig, Age 13 – Source: Isa Leshko

You visited farm sanctuaries across the country while working on this project. What are these sanctuaries like? 

I feel a sense of peace when I visit these sanctuaries that I experience nowhere else. There is a sign at the entrance to Pasado’s Safe Haven Sanctuary in Sultan, Washington that reads, “Sweet creatures who pass this way once scared and alone…Now you are safe; now you are home.” I cried the first time I saw it. 

At these sanctuaries, animals are given ample space to roam freely and indulge their natural behaviors. Chickens spend their days outdoors basking in the sun and taking dust baths. Their living conditions are vastly different from those of industry chickens who are densely packed in poorly ventilated, windowless sheds. On commercial farms, sows are so tightly confined that they can’t even turn around. At sanctuaries, pigs explore large pastures and soak in wallows. They sleep curled up together on fresh hay, often snoring loudly. 

I am in awe of the people who work on these sanctuaries. Their jobs are physically and emotionally grueling: they work long hours outdoors in extreme temperatures and they witness firsthand the horrific abuse farmed animals endure. Death and loss are fixtures in their lives. Yet they are unwavering in their devotion to the animals in their care. 

It’s important to note that those who work at farm sanctuaries recognize that they can only help a tiny percentage of the billions of animals in desperate need of rescue. But they offer another type of relationship humanity can have with farm animals, one that is based upon empathy and respect; not abuse and exploitation.  

Most farm sanctuaries offer guided tours and I encourage people to visit them and support them. Both my book and my website have a list of the sanctuaries I visited while working on this project. 

What are some of your current projects?

For my next long-term project, I intend to look at life at the opposite end of the spectrum by photographing farm animals at their birth. Sanctuary animals are either sterilized or segregated by sex to prevent pregnancies, so births at sanctuaries typically occur with recently rescued pregnant animals. Many of these births are at-risk due to the abuse, stress and poor nutrition that their mothers endured prior to their rescue.

Like with old animals, the line between life and death is razor thin in newborns. Stillbirths are not uncommon in farm animals, and even healthy babies are vulnerable and frail. As a spin-off project, I want to return to create portraits of each animal when they reach the average slaughter age for their species to illustrate that they are still just babies. Juxtaposing these portraits with my elderly farmed animal portraits will be especially powerful.

Note 1:

Ash, Domestic White Turkey, Age 8

As with a lot of rescued animals, not much is known about Ash’s early life. Her body, though, bore telltale signs that she had been reared on a factory farm. The tip of her beak had been severed, and her middle toes had been partially amputated.

Commercially raised turkeys and chickens live in large, windowless sheds so densely crowded that the birds cannot walk without stepping on each other. There is no room for preening, foraging, or perching. Birds living in these conditions are so stressed they become abnormally aggressive and even resort to cannibalism. Rather than improving the animals’ living conditions, farmers try to minimize the damage the birds can inflict on each other by debeaking and detoeing chicks within days of their hatching.

Babs, Donkey, Age 24

During the first seventeen years of her life, Babs had been used for roping practice on a ranch in Eastern Washington. Donkeys are inexpensive, so cattle ranchers often learn roping techniques on them instead of on mechanical dummies. Many rodeos also use donkeys for entry-level roping competitions. Roping involves electrically shocking a donkey to make her run, chasing her on horseback, and then tossing a lasso around her neck or rear legs to pull her to the ground. Donkeys endure this practice repeatedly until they are exhausted, maimed, or killed.

Teresa, Yorkshire Pig, Age 13

After being reared on a factory farm in North Carolina, Teresa was destined for the slaughterhouse at only six months of age. She was placed on a crowded trailer that was headed to a meatpacking plant in Pennsylvania. Along the way, the driver stopped at a bar in Washington, DC, parking his triple-decker truck on a city street. The pigs were left for hours in the summer heat with no air conditioning and no water. Over the next several hours, the Washington Humane Society received many calls from worried bystanders who heard loud squeals coming from the truck. Law enforcement seized the truck and brought it to the Poplar Springs Animal Sanctuary in Poolsville, Maryland. Though some of the pigs died, most survived, and forty pigs, including Teresa, were taken to Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY.

Source: Psychology Today
Allowed to Grow Old: Radiant Portraits of Elderly Animals, by Marc Bekoff



Whiskas: Give Your Cat The Best Of Both Worlds

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Malaysia’s last male Sumatran rhino dies


Experts believe there are fewer than 80 Sumatran rhinos left in the wild.

Malaysia’s last male Sumatran rhino has died, leaving behind just one female of the same rare species in captivity in the country.

The Borneo Rhino Alliance (BORA) confirmed the animal’s death in a statement on Facebook on Monday, saying: “It is with heavy hearts that we share the tragic news that Tam, Malaysia’s last male Sumatran rhino, has passed away.” Tam had been suffering from organ failure before his death, BORA said.
Sumatran rhinos are the world’s smallest rhinoceros species, standing at around 4 feet 3 inches high, when fully grown. They are the only Asian rhinos with two horns, and are covered in hair.
The animals are found in Indonesia, Malaysia’s Sabah state (part of the island of Borneo) and peninsular Malaysia; some are also thought to live in southern Thailand, according to the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF).

Tam was the only male Sumatran rhino left in Malaysia.

It is unclear precisely how many Sumatran rhinos remain, but experts at the International Rhino Foundation believe there are fewer than 80 still in the wild.
BORA describes the rhinos as “functionally extinct,” meaning that the few animals remaining are insufficient to save the species from dying out.
Tam’s death means there is only one Sumatran rhino, a female called Iman, left in Malaysia.
The World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) considers the creatures to be critically endangered as a result of poaching and habitat fragmentation.
Tam was captured and brought to live in Sabah’s Tabin Wildlife Reserve. It was hoped he would breed with captive female rhinos, but these hopes were dashed when it was discovered that the two female rhinos at the reserve were infertile.
“I remember so well when Tam was captured and the high hopes everyone had that he could be the founding member of a successful captive breeding program in Sabah, and join the then-international efforts involving the US and Indonesia,” Susie Ellis, executive director of the International Rhino Foundation, said in a statement. “Sadly, those hopes were repeatedly dashed over the next decade by a series of incidents, some sociopolitical, some biological, and some simply bad luck.”
Efforts to save the species in Malaysia have since focused on reproductive technology, including in vitro fertilization, but have so far proved unsuccessful.
Rhinos are under threat across the globe. The western black rhino, native to western Africa, was declared extinct in 2013. The last male northern white rhino died last year, bringing the species to the brink of extinction.
Source: CNN World

Amanzimtoti vet went above and beyond to help a little girl’s “puppy”

Amanzimtoti vet

Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal – Amanda Le Roux’s daughter Lemieke was very concerned about her puppy, Marshall. The adorable 4-year-old asked her if they could take the puppy to the vet. This stumped Amanda a little as she knew the puppy was actually just a stuffed toy and didn’t know if a real vet would entertain the idea.

She asked for help on Facebook, hoping that someone would be a pretend vet for her daughter’s sick puppy and was blown away by the response. Dr Tammy Mc Nair from the Seadoone Veterinary Clinic in Amanzimtoti saw the post and offered a free check-up for Marshall.

Amanda’s husband called to make the appointment, and a few hours later, Lemieke had Marshall in a pet carrier and was on her way. Before they arrived, Lemieke announced that she was feeling shy and didn’t want to tell the vet what was wrong. But, after the initial details of weighing the puppy and filling out the patient forms, Lemieke lost all of her shyness.

“Yesterday I posted on our local Facebook group about my 4-year-old daughter who needed a vet to take a look at her sick puppy. But the catch is, her puppy was a very special kind, he is a stuffed animal.

Initially, I hoped for someone to volunteer to play vet. Never did I think a vet would be able to assist. After a few interesting comments, Dr Tammy McNair at Seadoone Veterinary Clinic volunteered some of her precious time.

This morning my husband phoned and made an appointment for our daughter’s puppy. When we arrived I collected a carry case for the puppy. We received a patient information form and they even weighed him.”

Dr Tammy went through the full treatment protocol and did everything she would have done for a living puppy. She checked heartrates, temperatures and even gave Marshall two injections to manage his pain and fight off infection. Amanda said she was incredible and treated the entire situation brilliantly.

“Dr Tammy was amazing! Lemieke told me beforehand she’s to shy to tell the doctor what’s wrong with Marshall, but after Dr Tammy started her checkup Lemieke wasn’t shy anymore. She answered all the questions.

She first checked his heart and breathing. Then took his temperature and had a look at his eyes. After a careful assessment, Dr Tammy asked permission to inject him with some medication.

Marshall received two injections – one for pain and another one with antibiotics.”

The entire appointment made Lemieke incredibly happy; she was beaming. Amanda was so pleased that Dr Tammy went out of her way to provide a service for the family.

“My daughter walked away smiling from ear to ear. Thank you dr Tammy for making such a big impression on my daughter and for taking a few minutes out of your very busy schedule to assist a young girl. You are one in a million!”

Everyone who has been following the story has loved the outcome and been moved by Dr Tammy’s efforts to help out a little girl. You can see her whole vet visit below. Be aware; it too will make you smile ear to ear!

Amanzimtoti vet
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