Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital cares for orphaned aardwolf

Posted by Imogen Searra on 30 October 2020

The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital are revered for the work they do with scores of wild animals. Recently, an orphaned aardwolf pup came into the facility.

The young aardwolf was discovered by a border collie on a farm in the North West. The farmer searched for two days to find the den and mother but was unsuccessful.

A team from Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital collected her and have been caring for her since.

‘Our vets examined her and found that she had mange. Thankfully it is only demodex and can easily be treated. Being only a few weeks old, she is currently on a special milk formula. She is full of personality already, and has taken well to her diet and makeshift burrow,’ said the hospital in a Facebook post.

The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital treat their patients for free and depend on donations and support to be able to continue their work.

If you are in a position to make a financial contribution by sponsoring a species or purchasing an item from their online store, you can do so here: http://www.johannesburgwildlifevet.com/how-you-can-help.html

Alternatively find their banking details below:

Aardwolf facts

  • Aardwolfs are related to hyenas
  • They are insectivorous mammals
  • Their diet predominantly consists of termites. Maggots and other invertebrates with soft bodies are occasionally feasted on too
  • An aardwolf has a long, sticky tongue perfect for scooping up their food
  • These animals are nocturnal but in winter they are known to conserve their energy by sleeping during the evening and eating during the day
  • Aardwolfs are monogamous and mating season is between June and July
  • These animals sleep underground in burrows. Their preference is to move into an abandoned aardvark or porcupine burrow but are able to dig their own too.

Take a look at the beautiful pup below:

Picture: Lauren Beckley & Sarah Kempen/ Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital

Picture: Lauren Beckley & Sarah Kempen/ Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital

Picture: Lauren Beckley & Sarah Kempen/ Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital

Picture: Lauren Beckley & Sarah Kempen/ Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital






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