Earlier this year, Inspectors from the Cape of Good Hope SPCA Wildlife Department were amongst the dedicated rescue teams that worked through the Kleinmond fires that destroyed more than 5 000 hectares of vegetation.
Deployed to the worst-affected areas, the Inspectors used a drone to help track injured wild animals, persevering through inclement weather and tough terrain.
Although a Wildlife Vet treated injured animals on-site where possible – so that they could be released immediately – those who needed intensive care and further treatment were transported to the SPCA Animal Hospital in Grassy Park. One of these patients was a young female baboon, later named Kelly, who had suffered extensive burns to her hands and feet.
She responded well to treatment and was released to return to her troop when she was well enough.
Like all emergency situations, this rescue effort was demanding and draining – which is why the support that our team received was especially appreciated.