Buck from the brink, little ram doing well at new home

Sir Marq the little bushbuck ram is inquisitive about his new surroundings
NEW HOME: Sir Marq the little bushbuck ram is inquisitive about his new surroundings
Image: Marizanne Ferreira

Sir Marq, the little bushbuck ram found by cyclist Mark van Antwerpen on Marine Drive a fortnight ago, is doing well at animal rescue volunteer Marizanne Ferreiras property in Sardinia Bay.

He weighs 3.4kg, up from 2.7kg when he was found, covered with flies, next to the back fence of NMU on February 12, apparently abandoned after his mother was killed or chased off by poachers.

He is suffering from diarrhoea at present, probably as a result of delayed stress and getting used to the milk formula, but is enjoying investigating his surroundings, which is a good sign.

Sir Marq the baby bushbuck with Yanka-Kwanita, animal rescue volunteer Marizanne Ferreira's pitbull
CUDDLING UP: Sir Marq the baby bushbuck with Yanka-Kwanita, animal rescue volunteer Marizanne Ferreira's pitbull
Image: Marizanne Ferreira

The buck was about 10 days old when he was found and he is named after Van Antwerpen, who rode a kilometre with the creature under his arm before he handed him over to Ferreira.

If he continues to progress well he will be released in stages after he is weaned at four months and grows a pair of horns. He will be put into protected but successively larger properties.

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