Category Archives: General Animals

Baby Bushbuck is brought to HESC – News from our Animal Hospital

On Friday 28th September, we got a call to assist with a baby bushbuck that had been found wandering on his own. He had been following workers aimlessly around a construction site, obviously lost and separated from his mother. Of course we agreed for him to be brought into our care at HESC. When he arrived, we realised just how young the little guy was, approximately one month old. He…
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Our little Bushpig Patient at HESC

We took in a new patient at HESC recently, the sweetest little female Bushpig, who was not more than three months old, when she arrived. Our centre got the call on the 29th July, that an injured bushpig had been found, and was in badly injured. Our General manager, Karen Swiegers, went to go fetch the little patient straight away. We called in wildlife vet, Dr Peter Rogers, to take a…
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The Story of little NODDY – A Little Dog with a Formidable Heart.

Nine years ago, in 2009, little Noddy was brought to us at HESC, and it was love at first sight for us all. This brave little Miniature Pinscher had been born physically disabled, his mother was a breeding dog, and sadly the breeders did not want to take on the responsibility of looking after him. A harsh reality of what happens in the breeding world. It seemed his forelegs did…
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Rescued Porcupine Elvis

Can you imagine being described as a thorny pig? This word was derived from the Middle French word, porc d’espine and that pretty much sums up this little boy: It is interesting to note that when a porcupine feels threatened, it tenses up and attacks predators with its tail, embedding quills into their skin. It merely creates the illusion that quills are shot out, when loose quills fall out after the attack. These…
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The environmental importance of the vulture restaurant at HESC

The vulture restaurant at HESC might be for some a difficult sight to absorb and odour to handle. However, this ‘pit of bones’ is very important from a conservation point of view. Many people may not be aware that most of the vulture species are endangered. And should nothing be done to try to save them, this could have a severe impact on the environment. The vulture restaurant at HESC…
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