On 12 February, Francois Oberholzer discovered an injured aardvark on the Southern Boundary road. Evidence indicated that it had been shocked by the electric fence, and then – with its back legs paralysed - had dragged itself some metres away.
Glen Thomson and one of the Protrack teams, including Sergeant “Crow”, loaded the animal onto the back of Glen’s bakkie and raced it through to the Provet practice in Hoedspruit.
The aardvark is being cared for by Dr Rabie, and is currently being tube fed and sedated. X-rays have not shown any broken bones or obvious internal damage.
A make-shift swimming pool has been arranged for the aardvark to undergo a form of swimming therapy in an attempt to get him to begin using) it is the Board’s policy to intervene in the most practical way appropriate. Because the aardvark sustained his injuries by getting tangled in our electric fence, a kitty is being set up for what could become a protracted recovery, through the Balule Community and Anti-Poaching (BCAP) Trust.
One of the goals of the BCAP trust is to accommodate such situations and the project-based administration of the trust will facilitate the ring-fencing of donations made toward each project. Donations to the BCAP trust should be marked “Aardvark” on the payment and the donor should confirm in an e mail to the board if they require a sec 18A certificate for the donation from the trustees.
The BCAP Trust bank account details are as follows:
Account Name: The Balule Community and Anti-Poaching Trust
Account Number: 4095078765
Universal Branch Code: 632005
The BCAP trustees are Pierre Hugo, Sharon Haussman and Siegie Morgenroodt who approve any expenditure related to a project to ensure the correct application of donated funds.
Glen will keep us informed as to the Aardvark’s progress via the WhatsApp group.