Category Archives: From the Hospital

HESC rehabilitates and releases a Southern Ground Hornbill

The team at HESC are delighted to announce a brief and successful rehabilitation and release of a Southern Ground Hornbill back into the wild. Emaciated and very weak when he came to us last month after being found on a wildlife reserve not far from Jabulani, it took barely two and a half weeks to restore his health. With its large form, huge black beak and striking colour on the throat…
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An Update on Little Raekie the Elephant

By Adine Roode Sunday 3 March 2019 The past few weeks have been challenging at the Jabulani orphanage. Our Jabulani carers and HESC curators have had to pull out all the necessary stops to pull Raekie through a difficult time. She has recently endured heavy spills of diarrhea and bacterial infections that we have been fighting with very specific antibiotics, as the bacterial infection is resistant to some antibiotics. Of…
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The removal of Skillie the Tortoise’s tumour from his neck

Skillie, the tortoise, has been part of the HESC family for many years. We do not have the exact date of his arrival, but we do know that he was confiscated from his previous owner, and brought into our care at HESC. He had a small hole on the back of his shell, which usually indicates that he had most likely had been chained. The direct translation of tortoise in Afrikaans…
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A procedure to check on Sheila the Cheetah’s hind legs – February 2019

On Monday 18 February, we asked wildlife vet, Dr. Peter Rogers, to assess Sheila the cheetah’s hind legs. They appeared to be quite stiff when she walked, and she had troubles standing for long periods. Dr. Rogers had to sedate her to check her but could find no evidence of any injuries or reasons for the stiffness. He gave her some pain medication to see if helps as we continue…
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Update on Miss Piggy, our Bushpig patient

Towards the end of July 2018, a little bushpig, not much older than three months old, was brought into our care at the HESC Animal Hospital. She was badly hurt, resulting in two open wounds, one in her rear as well as on her knee, and sadly, she had also broken the tibia bone in her back right leg. After receiving treatment by the magic hands of our dedicated Wildlife…
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