To everyone’s delight, the rescued Cape grysbokkie that was found near the old ‘circus grounds’ on Main Road on 15 September, gave birth to a healthy fawn at 06:26 on Thursday morning, 8 October. Mom and baby are both doing well.
“We would like to thank Danie and Sonja van Zyl, who have been looking after the bokkie (and now also baby) on their farm in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley at their own cost. Due to their loving and caring nature, the bokkie is recovering well and the fawn is safe,” said Liezl de Villiers, Senior Manager: Environmental Management Services of the Overstrand Municipality.
Whale Coast Conservation, whose eagle-eyed chameleon rescue volunteers first spotted the injured grysbokkie, shared the story of her rescue with The Village NEWS (All hands on deck to rescue grysbokkie, 23 September issue). The obvious first call was to the chameleon project leader, Whale Coast Conservation’s Sheraine van Wyk, who in turn alerted the Fernkloof Senior Field Ranger, Dean Gardiner. After capturing and sedating the grysbokkie, she was transported to the Bergview Veterinary Clinic where Dr Maarten van Dalsen took X-rays to inspect her injuries more closely.
She was found to not only have a fracture in one half of her cloven hoof, but also to be pregnant. Her hoof was put into a splint and she was kept overnight at the Fernkloof Nature Reserve until a suitable safe place could be found for her to recover. Sheraine then made contact with the Van Zyls, who were more than willing to assist with looking after and caring for the bokkie. They have experience in wildlife rehabilitation and had a perfect space on their farm where she could recover in peace, and eventually give birth safely.
The Overstrand Municipality’s Environmental Department would like to thank Sheraine and the Van Zyls, who are giving up their space, time and own funds to feed and take care of the grysbokkie and her fawn. “We would especially like to thank Dr Maarten and his team from Bergview Vet for their professional veterinary assistance and for funding all the vet bills from their own charity fund for the love of our wildlife. Thank you, Dr Maarten that we can always knock on your door and know that we will never be turned away,” said Liezl.
Mom and baby will be released in Fernkloof Nature Reserve once they are strong and healthy.