Category: ANIMAL & ENVIRONMENTAL SCANNING

ATHLONE GRANDPA, GRANDDAUGHTER IN HOSPITAL FOLLOWING DOG ATTACK

 

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CAPE TOWN – An Athlone man and his three-year-old granddaughter are recovering in hospital after they were attacked by dogs.

The two dogs mauled Aubrey and little Emma Murphy at the family’s home on Tuesday.

Aubrey was at home with his three-year-old twin granddaughters.

It’s believed he heard a noise coming from his backyard and went outside to inspect.

Family member Cliff Augustyn explains what happened next.

“Emma ran ahead of him. I believe the two dogs attacked Emma first and then her grandfather covered Emma with his body. That’s when the dogs attacked him.”

The three-year-old girl was rushed to hospital.

Paramedics attended to her grandfather on the scene, and he was later transported to a medical facility.

Both relatives have since undergone surgery and are in a stable condition.

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WEATHER TRAFFIC: MORE RAIN TO COME IN CAPE TOWN

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CAPE TOWN – Much-needed rain in parts of the Western Cape is expected to continue throughout the week, the South African Weather Service says.

Strong winds and high seas

Gale force winds of between 64 to 75km/h between the Cape

COMPOUND IN BROCCOLI HELPS FIGHT DIABETES

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Swedish scientists have identified a substance found in broccoli that can reduce blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

Scientists have found another reason why people should be eating their broccoli, saying it can help people with

RHINO HORN WORTH MILLIONS SEIZED BY CUSTOM AT THE AIRPORT

The latest in a series of attempts to smuggle millions of rands worth of rhino horns from South Africa has failed.

Customs officials seized 28.7kg of rhino horn worth R6 million at OR Tambo International Airport on Wednesday, SARS spokesperson Sandile Memela said.Officials spotted the horns when a traveller’s

PRESIDENT ZUMA ATTENDS FUNERAL OF FIREFIGHTER, PROMISES SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS

FILE: Fire crews battle flare-ups in the Knysna mountains using both helicopters and ground teams. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN – President Jacob Zuma on Thursday afternoon attended the funeral service of a volunteer firefighter in Plettenberg Bay.

24-year-old Bradley Richards was one of seven people who lost their lives due to wildfires across the Southern Cape.

Clean-up operations are currently underway in the Garden Route towns as authorities count the cost of the devastation.

Richards sustained 70% burn wounds to his body when the fire reportedly turned on his crew in the Harkerville forest.

He died in a George hospital on Friday.

Speaking at Richard’s funeral, President Zuma gave the assurance government will do all it can to help those affected.

“This has been the biggest fire. We have seen the places where it has taken place. It was the wind, fire that really devastated.”

Over the weekend, 63-year-old volunteer firefighter John Blaauw also died of injuries sustained, while a woman succumbed to her injuries while being treated at Tygerberg Hospital.

Her three-year-old daughter died last week.

PHOTO: Fire crews battle flare-ups in the Knysna mountains using both helicopters and ground teams. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN TO NORWAY ON BICYCLE

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CAPE TOWN – How far would you go to raise awareness for climate change?

A 31-year-old Norwegian woman has embarked on a journey, in aid of raising awareness of climate change.

Teresie Hommersand from Sea Point will be cycling from Cape Town to

TWO WHALES WASHED UP ON CAPE TOWN BEACHES

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CAPE TOWN – Surfers and beach-goers on the West Coast had yet another encounter with a beach whale – this time after the carcass of a Humpback whale washed up near Kreeftebaai between Big Bay and Melkbosstrand.

The young mammal washed up on Thursday June and was removed same day.

Tygerburger reports that Law enforcement officials were called out to the scene.

This incident mark the second time a Humpback Whale was washed ashore on West Coast. Earlier this year, on Monday 3 April, the carcass of another Humpback Whale up on a beach near the Milnerton  lagoon.

The reasons for the Whales washing up are still undetermined.

Suzette Little, Mayco member for Area North, says last week’s carcass was that of a 12m juvenile Humpback.

“The City of Cape Town implemented its Stranded Whale Protocol and the animal was removed and taken to the landfill site at Vissershok,” she says.

Earlier same week the carcass of a Pygmy washed up on the beach, this time at Strandfontien Pavilion. The City says the Whale was found on Tuesday 6 June.

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PHOTO: Humpback Whale washed up on Cape Town beach. Image: Supplied.

 

 

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