Spring is in the air! Nature is waking up again and so are all the wild animals that have already started their annual season of welcoming new babies into this world. Ideally, the babies born in the wild stay there with their mothers, drinking their milk and learning to survive while exploring this brand new world. However, for various reasons some babies sadly don’t get the chance to be raised by their mothers and are left to survive in the wild on their own. But, some of them are lucky enough to be found by nice people and brought to DAKTARI, where we make sure to give them the best care until they are strong enough to join their peers in the bush.
We were brought the first of our little baby gang in early September from a neighbouring farm, where they found a small bushbuck all alone and covered with ticks. They brought her to us and we have been hand raising her every three hours ever since. We named this gorgeous little bushbuck Pixie and she is now growing up happily along with our sheep Mouton, until she is strong enough to be released back into the wild.
We found our baby squirrels Jackpot and Lotto abandoned in our camp, while Fifi was brought to us by the good people from Sausage Tree Lodge. They are sharing their temporary home with our baby bunny named Burrito, who just like the squirrels decided to try and explore the big wide world a little bit too early. They are now all good friends and being syringe fed by our long term volunteers until they are big enough to rejoin their friends.
Our last, but no less cute baby was found abandoned at Thornybush two weeks ago. We named this little bundle of joy Peekaboo and have been syringe feeding her every three hours (including during the night). She’s now beginning to explore her surroundings, happily jumping around and playing peekaboo every evening.