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Martin Williams of Hills and Dales found an injured hedgehog in the road.  Fearing it would be run over he took it home and cared for it until it was ready to be released into the veld. 

Hedgehog and Martin

Editor's Note:  Get advice on handling injured animals and birds from FreeMe (011 807 6993) or take the patient to them for treatment.  For fascinating pics of animals subscribe to  FreeMe's Photos of the Week.  Contact them on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Visit.www.freeme.org.za.

MmaRitha, Hennops River
We discovered brown hyena droppings in two places on the slope of the Schurveberg recently.  We checked it with Pretoria University's Mammal Institute and they confirmed that it was a brown hyena.

 

Brown Hyena droppings

Audrey Smith, Hills and Dales
I watched a programme on TV about the dangers threatening bees.  My sister Maureen took this photo to let me know that the bees are still humming in Hills&Dales.  It would be interesting to know whether there are any bee hives and industries in our area.  After all, who doesn't love honey!

 

Bee and prickly pear

Editor's Note:  While the bees benefit, take note that various Prickly Pear species are Category 1 Invaders.  Category 1 includes Pom pom, Lantana, Queen of the Night, Yellow Bells, and Bugweed, and all have to be removed. Landowners face fines if Category 1 weeds are not dealt with.  Read more and see photographs in www.rnc.za.net.

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