A sick owl is recovering at an East Rand animal haven after it was rescued by residents in Krugersdorp on the West Rand.
Corlette Ernst, who resides on a plot in Krugersdorp West, first spotted the owl sitting under a tree in her yard on Sunday, Krugersdorp News reported.
Later that day, Ernst and her husband Marcel noticed the owl had moved and was sitting in the driveway, sleeping.
Ernst’s dog charged towards the owl which then flew into the garage. It was then that she noticed something was seriously wrong with the bird.
She then posted pictures on the Facebook page, Krugersdorp Community Forum, and asked for advice.
Within minutes responses flooded in, with residents speculating that the owl may have been poisoned.
With the help of her husband, she captured the owl and put it in an old bird cage, while organising to get help.
After phoning various organisations and vets, Dr Coert de Kramer from the Rant-en-Dal Animal Hospital came to their rescue and opened the vet for the owl at 9pm.
The owl already received his first dose of treatment and was placed in an incubator for the night.
The next morning the owl was handed over Wildlife in Crises in Benoni where the owl will be staying for the duration of its recovery. The owl, which was in a horrible medical state when it was discovered, had not eaten poison as suspected, but rather had a serious infection which could rapidly lead to death if not treated.
It has since shown improvement after being rescued.
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– Caxton News Service