A young Cape grysbok was successfully rescued from the flames that engulfed the Overstrand Region, destroying the homes of locals and the natural fauna and flora of the area.
The Winelands Fire Services found the injured baby animal in the mountains while tackling the blaze. After carrying the buck down the mountain, ER24 Paramedics were able to asses the animal who was aptly named ‘Bambi’.
The paramedic team found that Bambi had a low body temperature and had sustained serious burns to its small hooves and face.
ER24 Paramedics warmed the buck by using several hot water bottles and administered oral fluids, before transporting it to The Country Animal Clinic in Somerset West.
The Country Animal Clinic commended the doctors involved in ensuring that Bambi was given the proper treatment in an official statement on social media.
“We’re hugely grateful to our amazing vets, Dr Rosali Bruggemann, her fiancé Dr Tiaan Visser and Dr Adri Rossouw for their tremendous efforts in trying to save this precious young grysbok.”
The animal clinic administered further painkillers and fluids and treating the burned hooves of the animal. All the efforts of those involved are acknowledged in saving this tiny creature from the flames.
“A very special thank you to the Wynland firefighters who found him and paramedics Wardi de Wet and Riaz Arendse of ER24 who delivered him to us in their ambulance.”
Dr Rossouw took Bambi home to monitor the animal and ensure that it has round the clock care. The little grysbok was treated with the utmost care and bottle fed.
An updated statement from the animal clinic explains that the treatment is working.
“Bambi is eating like a champ, says our veterinarian Dr Adri, and tottering around in his bandages. We have high hopes for the little guy. Thank you to all of you for your outpouring of love and support.”
Picture: ER24 Paramedics/Facebook