Whenever we walk here we always do it with our eyes wide open - on the lookout for snakes. But this time I spotted someting else on the driveway. And I immediately reacted.
"RMaaaaaaaaaaaan. Heeeeeeeeeelp" I screamed.
And simultaneously, "Mandy / Scallywag, heeeeeeeeeeeeel". Mandy doesn't listen though. So RMan was indeed urgently needed.
Thankfully, he came running, and whilst I held the dogs back, he rescued the poor little thing I had found and which was being eaten alive by the ants.
|Lepus Capensis leveret - or baby hare|
|Warm, protective hands|
|Just too cute|
|Weak - but still very active|
I immediately Googled hares in the Western Cape and discovered that the mother leaves them during the day in shallow hollows or "forms"- normally covered by brush. This one obviously didn't listen, and went walk about...
|Snug in a box whilst we Google how to help it|
Whilst I was Googling, RMan found a shoe box, and giving the leveret some grass clippings and a bit of a lettuce leaf (neither of which it touched), he placed it in the warmth and security of the footwell of my car.
I was worried about the little thing - it was so young, and I knew it would need it's mother, and it's mother's milk. So, as it was getting dark and chilly, I managed to convince RMan to replace the baby hare where he had found it - making sure it was in as ant free an area as possible. We hoped that the mother would find it again.
Sadly, she didn't - and the little thing didn't make it through the night. Such a pity - it was such a sweet little thing.
And, I am always amazed at how strong, rough male hands can, in the wink of an eye, become such tender, caring appendages :)