Safari4u, in combination with WCCVC Chintsa Dogs and Wild Coast Vet, have been assisting Mlungu in the past few days. His owners brought him to the student house to ask for help because his “eye looked funny.” It was immediately obvious that the eye was not salvageable and would need to come out.
Snares are horrible things! Temeza’s owner asked us to help as he cut a snare off him and the wound smelled funny. Poor Temeza had his penis sheath cut through by the snare so his penis essentially had no skin. WCCVC Chinta Dogs has sponsored the surgery to repair his genitals and clean the other (maggot filled) wound caused by this illegal hunting practice. This surgery is happening now so updates will come on his progress post-op.
Scud was rescued by Safari4u students and originally named “Muffin.” He was covered in mange and the only surviving member of his litter. Students treated his parasite burden (internal and external) and cleaned up his ears which had stuck together due to the injuries caused by the mange. Once he was better, he was formally adopted by Mark, who lives on the Safari4u property.
Meet the Safari4u pets! Squigs was born in Kwa-Zulu Natal, and given to Alex by her previous owner. Squigs has always been around lots of people and is happiest when someone is throwing the ball for her because “ball is life” to Squigs.
Our final Veterinary Student Course for 2018 has finished! We have had so much fun with this year’s lot and hope to see them again next year. We love to give our students a fun and exciting adventure while learning about wildlife, livestock and small animals.
An odd visitor came to Chintsa yesterday- a lost SubAdult African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus). Students found “him” on the beach but didn’t realise how abnormal it was so on hearing, Alex immediately called her friends at East London Aquarium. The advised collecting him, giving him fluids and keeping him warm.
🍰Happy 4-month birthday to Lala the Nyala 🎈 We were requested to help with a nyala calf who was only 3 weeks old and struggling. The reserve owners saved her from getting kicked by emus on their farm when her mother left her in hiding while she went to forage (it’s a normal behaviour for nyalas with calves up to one month old).
We got him! After a number of weeks of attempting to immobilise a particular Cape Buffalo bull, Dr Luis finally darted him and he is now in a boma waiting the results of his tests before being moved to another property. Our next step is to immobilise him in a few days to ensure he is disease free.
ALL HANDS ON DECK! This week our Vet Student course had an emergency cesarean section (aka C-Section). After a game capture for a reserve owner, we were asked to assist us for advice on his dog. Cesarean sections can be common in practice but they are used as an emergency procedure to help in whelping (dog giving birth) or with certain breeds who are known to have dystocia (difficulty giving birth).