Sylvester takes a joyride to the Cape.
The CoGH SPCA Wildlife Facility were very excited, and a little surprised to be honest, to find themselves face to face with a rather unusual visitor in late September. It turned out Sylvester Stallone (aka Rocky) had accidentally hitched a ride on a truck and found himself on a journey from Kwa- Zulu Natal all the way to the Western Cape. Now we’re not talking about the international
actor and jet-setter but rather a smaller, but no less impressive beast, commonly known as a Rock Monitor Lizard.
Our Wildlife Department responded to this wayward traveler’s situation by bringing him back to our facility to be properly cared for during his stay with us – Sylvester was kept in a quiet and peaceful temperature controlled room and provided with an array of food options. Sadly, Sylvester isn’t really suited for the dry Cape and he needed to get back to a more tropical climate as soon as possible. Inspector Minette Pieterse noted that he just wasn’t feeling himself and had lost interest in eating most likely due to his stressful travel mishap. Rock Monitors are not indigenous to Cape Town and Sylvester’s only chance at freedom, and of course finding some friends of his own kind, would be to return him to his native habitat in KZN. Friends at CROW (Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife), have kindly offered to give him a home for a while and once he has been given a clean bill of health, they will ensure that he is released back into the wild where he so rightly belongs.
On hearing about Sylvester’s plight the team from Bid Air Cargo immediately leapt to his aid, offering him first class flights back home that even the real Stallone would approve of. Thanks to their generous help he now has a real chance at successful rehabilitation and release. A special thanks to Jacques Le Roux from Pet Port for the tailor-made crate provided to safely transport Sylvester on his flight. Thanks to Bid Air Cargo’s animal loving team, Sylvester boarded his VIP flight on Friday, 12th of October at 17:00 and was back in his rightful birthplace by nightfall