Speed of bunny sterilisations raises concerns

Tania Forrest-Smith (founder of the Save the Bunny Park Animals group) kisses one of the bunnies at the Bunny Park.

Tania Forrest-Smith, committee member of the Ward 27 environmental portfolio, said the rate of the sterilisations, which is now at about 800* bunnies, is not keeping up with the pace of the bunnies’ reproduction.

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“The metro needs to appoint more veterinarians to speed up the process,” she said.

Clr Jacques Meiring (Ward 27) said everything is going smoothly, but concurred that sterilisations must speed up.

“It hasn’t been a problem yet, but it’s a little concerning; the process must accelerate, so it doesn’t hinder the revamp,” Meiring said.

Additionally, drives are being held at the facility every Sunday, at 8.30am, during which members of the public can either help feed the animals, or catch manged bunnies.

All the animals, except the pigs, were removed from the park by early April.

Although the pigs were meant to stay at the park, one was moved to Springs after the other, named Gorgeous, was found dead on May 12.

“It is so sad and we just had to move the other pig, named Ouma, from the park after that,” said Forrest-Smith.

The park closed on March 1, for the revamp to start.

The refurbishment project is expected to last until at least July.

Save the Bunny Park Animals, a group founded by Forrest-Smith, will continue feeding the bunnies at the park.

She said they need donations of food, especially pellets, for the bunnies.

To adopt a bunny or donate food, contact Forrest-Smith on [email protected] or 084 601 1061 (WhatsApp only).

*Figures were changed from 2 000 adopted and 1 600 sterilised, respectively. The correction was made after the metro and Forrest-Smith informed the City Times the previous figures were inaccurate.

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Erik van Dijk

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