Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital rescues woodland dormouse

Posted by Taylah Strauss on 31 January 2022

The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital has taken a young woodland dormouse into their care on January 26.

The tiny creature came all the way from Waterberg after he was attacked by a cat, injuring his shoulder.


Since he is too small for x-rays, Sr Jacky has secured his arm in place with a tiny strip of bandage. The hospital is hopeful that his shoulder will heal, after which he will be released into the wild.

This rodent is listed as Least Concern under the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species. There are little threats to its population, and thus no conservation efforts are necessary. However, protected area expansion would benefit the species, according to the Endangered Wildlife Trust.

Pictures: Sr Jacky/Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital

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