Two young large-spotted genets were taken to the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital after being displaced by foliage removal in Edenvale.
The small animals were unable to be reunited with their family, said the vetirinary hospital in a Facebook post, due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’.
‘After much excitement on related community groups, we are grateful to the security companies and the Edenvale SPCA that intervened to ensure that the genets arrived safely to our centre,’ said the hospital.
‘Once arriving at our practice, these two were slightly underweight and dehydrated. Subcut fluids were given and they were introduced to a special milk formula.’
The genets have been at the centre for a week and have progressed well. The hospital said that the pair have gained weight and are growing ‘substantially.’
The hospital has three other genets in their care currently, which the new additions have bonded with.
Large-spotted genet facts:
- These animals have a shoulder height of 210mm when fully grown
- These genets are short-legged
- Their bodies can measure up to 460m in length
- Adult males can weigh between to 1.6kg to 2.1kg
- Adult females can weight between 1.36 to 1.87kg
- They are also known as the Cape genet
- Genets are omnivorous mammals
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:
- Johannesburg Wildlife NPC
- FNB Cheque account
- Account: 62658400264
- Branch Code: 255355
- Swift code: FIRNZAJJ
- SnapScan: https://pos.snapscan.io/qr/PXMP5766
Pictures: Sarah Kempen/ Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital