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Free Willow


After months of tenderly caring for an orphaned honey badger, our SPCA Wildlife Unit handed her into the care of a long term wildlife rehabilitation centre in the Eastern Cape, where her rehabilitation for release back to the wild will continue.

The baby female Honey Badger was found wandering down a busy road in Bredasdorp and brought through to the CoGH SPCA Short-Term Wildlife Care facility in Grassy Park.  Like most babies she required round the clock care and feeding if she was going to survive without her mother. 

Under the watchful eyes of our Wildlife Unit, Willow as she was fondly known, was cared for until 18 July when she began her journey to her new home at Tenikwa, a wildlife sanctuary and rehabilitation centre in Plettenberg Bay.

According to SPCA Wildlife Unit Manager Brett Glasby, because there was no other suitable release site available locally and on the recommendation of CapeNature, Tenikwa was selected as the best option for her. Eventually when Willow matures into an adult and is deemed able to cope in the wild, she will be released at a suitable location.

“It was with mixed emotions that we said our goodbyes to Willow, as we have all grown to love her dearly, but hopefully at Tenikwa she can be rehabilitated for release back to the wild, which is ultimately what we want,” said SPCA Wildlife Unit Manager Brett Glasby.

Honey badgers are native to Africa, South West Asia and the Indian subcontinent.  This Honey Badger was the first animal to be admitted to the National Lotteries Board funded SPCA Short-Term Wildlife Care Facility in Grassy Park, which opened in May 2012.  



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