Cape Town fires: SPCA inspectors find charred remains of wild animals

Cape of Good Hope SPCA Inspectors is searching the scene where a devastating fire in Cape Town left destruction in its wake. Inspectors are searching for areas on the mountain that is still smouldering hot, not at all deterred by the heat melting their shoes.

Belinda Abraham, Spokesperson for the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, said it was heartbreakingly traumatic that inspectors had to search for animals following the Cape Town fire.

SEVERAL ANIMALS SUFFERED IMMENSELY

“In the aftermath of the fire, we are now seeing the first signs of life and loss. Searching the areas for any form of life has become heartbreakingly traumatic as the charred remains of the several different species we come across tell the story of immense suffering. Overcome by smoke then turned to charcoal. Those that survived, give us hope.”

Abraham added that among the devastation they have only found one snake that showed signs of life.

“Amongst the carnage, the Cape Town Fire has left in its wake we have found only one snake that we could save, but this first sign of life has given us the hope we needed to continue believing and continue searching.”

She added that some areas are still actively smoldering causing the shoes of SPCA Inspectors to melt. “The ground is so hot, the soles of their shoes are melting.”

Abraham said animals usually return to their area of origin.

“Our past experience has taught us that wild animals will often return to their area’s of origin, where they had burrows or nests and we are looking out for these animals too, whose feet no doubt will burn on the hot ground.”

The SPCA’s Wildlife Department is standing by with a fully stocked fridge of fresh fruit and vegetables, cool packs and supplies. 

“Please continue to keep shallow containers of water in your gardens and keep calling us to report displaced wild animals or animals in distress.”

THIS IS HOW YOU CAN HELP

There will be drop-off points for donations at all the Absolute Pets stores across the city for the remainder of the week. Anyone who would like to donate towards the animals affected in the fire can drop off donations at the following Absolute Pets stores:

  • Flamingo Square
  • Welgemoed
  • Cape Gate
  • Gardens
  • Cavendish
  • Constantia

Or alternatively, to make a cash donation, follow this link: [http://bit.ly/AP-SPCA]

READ: Cape Town fires: SPCA raises funds to help injured animals

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Presh JM Reporter

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