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Stray zebra has golfers seeing stripes at 19th hole

GRAEME HOSKEN | 2016-12-01 00:00:00.0
The Wildlife Protection Unit of the National Council of SPCAs responded quickly and efficiently on Monday 28 November to assist a stray zebra mare, reported as roaming in the Germiston area, close to the Rand Airport.
Image by: NSPCA

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a zebra on the Germiston Golf Course.

A young female zebra caught the attention of golfers when it was found grazing on the golf course next to a field bordering Rand Airport.

Arno de Klerk of the National Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal's wildlife protection unit, said the zebra was found early on Monday morning.

"She had sustained a number of injuries caused by running through fences."

De Klerk said a close eye was kept on the animal, while a special animal trailer was dispatched to collect it.

"It was tranquillised and taken to a nature conservancy in the south of Johannesburg, where it is being treated. It will be released into the reserve to join a herd of zebras there."

He said although it was the first time they had rescued a zebra, it was not the first time they had received calls to rescue wildlife trapped in the concrete jungle.

"Three years ago we rescued a brown hyena in Johannesburg.

"Last year we rescued a water buck in Ennerdale. Many of these animals escape from people's smallholdings where they are kept illegally as pets."

De Klerk did not know where the zebra had come from: "We will continue to monitor her progress and ensure the rest of her life will be with others of her kind."


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