16th August 2018



The story of little Kira

When a distressed tiny, eight-week-old female baby baboon in the Southern Cape needed to travel for special care and attention in Gauteng, The PetLounge stepped up and took charge, reports Chivonne Pretorius, Operations Manager.

“We would like to sincerely thank BidAir Cargo for flying Kira, the baby baboon, from George to OR Tambo International Airport at no cost. Not only was this generous, but the care given to little Kira whilst in transit was incredible. The service we received from beginning to end, was incredibly professional and efficient and the staff provided friendly support. BidAir Cargo – you are heroes! Without you and your generous support, the beginning of Kira’s journey to freedom would not have been possible.” -NSPCA – National Council of SPCAs

The story began when a member of the public found baby Kira hiding under a bush on a farm near Leeu Gamka. There were no other baboons nearby. Kira was taken to the Karoo SPCA where Inspector du Plessis arranged for a local veterinarian to examine her. Kira was reasonably healthy but underweight and dehydrated. The Inspector contacted the NSPCA Wildlife Protection Unit who advised that since there were no rehabilitation facilities close by she should travel to Gauteng to start her road to recovery.


After Cape Nature approved the necessary permits, Kira was able to fly from George PetLounge to the PetLounge at O R Tambo International Airport where the Manager of the Wildlife Unit was waiting to take her to the Rehabilitation Centre. BidAir Cargo Branch Manager at George, Marthinus Wagman, and Inspector du Plessis took every care to ensure Kira was comfortable and safe for her flight.

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