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News24.com | Tourists pay R100 to save baby duiker from grisly fate

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Hoedspruit - A newly born red duiker was rescued whentourists bought it for R100 and took it to the Moholoholo WildlifeRehabilitation Centre near Hoedspruit, Limpopo.

Tourists arrived with the baby duiker on

February 3 afterthey bought it from a man selling it on the side of the road near Hoedspruit,the centre’s founder Brian Jones said.

It was no more than 5 days old and weighed less than akilogram.

“Being taken away from its mother after it has just beenborn, and also being manhandled by this stupid person, must have causedunbelievable stress, so it is a miracle that the duiker is healthy,” Jonessaid.

It had most likely been taken from its mother when shetemporarily left it to go and find food and was likely being sold for bushmeat.

“It is unfortunate that the tourists had to pay for it,because now the seller knows he can make easy money and he will go out andcatch something else,” said Jones.

The duiker settled down quickly, sleeping on a straw bedand drinking milk from a bottle. It would hopefully be released back into thewild after several months at the centre.

The illegal bushmeat trade was thriving in the region.

“You wouldn’t believe the stuff people are selling.Everything from antelope, to monkeys, owls, birds of prey and tortoises. It’shappening all over the place,” Jones said.

The centre was struggling to cope as people kept bringinganimals. In the past few days they had received another baby duiker, a steenbokand various birds.

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