"WINTER GREETINGS"

Warm winter greetings to all our loyal donors and animal lovers from the team at Crag's View Wild Care Centre.  Some of you may have noticed that our website was out of commission for a while, but we are pleased to advise that it is up and running again! 

"THANK YOU CORNER"

THANK YOU to all who visited the Centre over the past 3 months and made donations which enable us to continue assisting the animals.   We truly appreciate any assistance in these trying economic times, without which we could not function.  
Drs Leon Bruggeman & Sylvi Weiss of Margate Veterinary Hospital once again deserve a special mention for their  amazing compassion and assistance to the animals at the Centre!  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for caring about our wild animals!
The Centre would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to Mike van Rensburg, a neighbouring farmer, who generously allows us to collect green bananas from his farm, which we use to feed the animals. 

"FOOD FOR THOUGHT"

Over the past few months a number of birds have been brought in with fishing line entangled around their legs.  Some of the birds have had serious infections caused by the fishing line cutting into their legs; and even after medical treatment, still die due to their infections.  We appeal to all fishermen to please remove unused or discarded fishing line, hooks and bait from their fishing site when they leave. We all need to make a concerted effort to look after our avian friends, no matter how insignificant we think they are, as each specie serves a purpose in the ecosystem!   
  
"LATEST PATIENTS"  

Duke, male Blue Duiker

He was brought in mid April 2015 by a Veterinarian from a Residential Estate in the Umdloti area. He was caught in a fence, treated by the Vet and brought to the Centre.  The Vet deduced from his erratic behaviour that he has been abused by humans, i.e. beaten with sticks and stones thrown at him.  Duke is a dominant male,  who interacts well with the other animals. He will be released shortly, as a suitable area has been identified.

Lucy - infant blue Duiker

Lucy was brought in by the SPCA at the beginning of May 2015.  She was found by residents in their garden in Southport.  Her parents abandoned her after they were chased by dogs.  She was approximately two weeks old at the time.    She is being cared for and is growing rapidly and already enjoys her fruit and vegetables and leaves.  She is enjoying her daily interaction and playing with the other animals who are being rehabilatated.  

Egyptian Geese - "Grumpy & Patch"

At the end of May 2015, two adult Egyptian Geese were received from Second Chance Avian Rescue as "permanent residents", as they both had compound wing fractures which did not knit.  Crag's View decided against  euthanaising them and that they should rather live the remainder of their natural lives here at the Centre. They enjoy their time outdoors daily and are caged at night to keep them safe from natural predators. 

Egyptian Gosling - "Puppet" 

At the beginning of June 2015, the resident pair of wild Egyptian Geese who live at the dam on the property, had 6 goslings, one of which had an injured and inflammed leg.  We caught him and treated him with "alternative medication" (dried chillies in his feed), as all of our previous experiences of injecting or orally administring of  medication in geese, has not been successful.  Our alternative medication worked and his leg has healed completely.  Unfortunately, his father flew into the clinic area one morning and in a split second, attacked him and broke his wing in two places.   He was rushed through to Margate Veterinary Clinic and Dr Sylvi Weiss performed surgery on the wing.  We were cautioned that Puppet had a 50/50 chance of making it through the anaesthetic.  Birds do not have lungs, but rather air sacs and their livers need to metabolize and expel the toxins of the anaesthetic, which they are not always able to.  Suffice it to say, Puppet is a champion, who fought his way through the operation and Dr Sylvi is more than satisfied with his progress!  He is recouperating well and being guarded like gold, to ensure he as a fair chance at a natural life, once he returns to the wild.  Puppet and the team, are extremely grateful to Dr Sylvi Weiss for all her efforts in saving his life!!

Egyptian Goslings - "Laurel & Hardy"

Three week-old goslings were brought in by the Parks Board at the end of June 2015, who found them whilst burning fire breaks.  One was badly burnt and had to be euthanaised and the surviving two are recovering well.  They are kept warm by lamps and fed nutritious food and are growing rapidly. Weather permitting, they are taken outside and have enjoyed their first "bath" and are developing well.  

Genet Cat - "Spotty"

At the end of June 2015, a juvenile genet was brought to the Centre, after it wandered into someone's home. They caught the animal and took him to one of our Committee members, who ensured his safe passage to the Centre. He is a noctural creature and sleeps during the day.  Genets are wild cats who upon reaching adulthood, are about as big as a siamese cat.  They are dark beige with brown/black markings on their bodies and have brown/black tails, which are usually longer than their bodies.   We have to be extremely cautious when handling him,  as he is a natural predator of the egyptian geese, of which we have many at present.  He is being fed and cared for and once he has matured enough to survive in the wild, will be released in a suitable area.

"UPDATES OF PATIENTS"

Adult Blue Duiker - Barritone

One of the Blue Duikers, Barritone, who was handreared and released from the Centre about 10 years ago, was bitten by a "wild cat" in February 2015.  We captured him and rushed him to Margate Veterinary Hospital, where Dr Sylvi Weiss treated him, but cautioned that Barritone may succumb to sepic shock within 48 hours. He had a bite mark, but the tendons were damaged by the toxins released by the wild cat when they bite.  Fortunately, with John's constant nursing of the wound and Dr Sylvi's expert care and supervision over a three week period; he miraculously pulled through! Barritone has lost the use of his front leg, but walks, runs and even jumped over a fence one day, using only three legs! He is a true survivor and has adapted well to his disability.  


We hope you have enjoyed reading about the animals and thank each and every person and business, who generously support us in our endeavours of helping our wild life.  
Should anyone feel that they would like to volunteer their time, or donate fresh fruit and vegetables, or offer financial support, please see our details at the end of our Newsletter.