Faculty vets rescue female black-footed cat and her kittens with cesarean section

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dc.contributor.author Koeppel, Katja
dc.contributor.editor Van Blerk, Chris
dc.contributor.other University of Pretoria. Faculty of Veterinary Science
dc.date.accessioned 2019-09-25T12:36:10Z
dc.date.available 2019-09-25T12:36:10Z
dc.date.issued 2019-08-21
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dc.description News articles with colour photos about what's happening at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The black-footed cat (Felis nigripes) is one of South Africa’s smallest and most enigmatic wild cat species. Their numbers, both in the wild and in captivity are rapidly declining and they are currently listed as vulnerable in the IUCN Red List (2006) and are also listed under Appendix I by the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES). Athena, the female black footed cat, was brought to the Lory Park Zoo and Owl Sanctuary as a 6-months old kitten. Found during harvest season on a farm near Lichtenburg, she was paired with a male and became pregnant. This was her first litter. Black-footed cat gestation is similar to a domestic cat (63 days). She was monitored throughout her pregnancy as it was her first litter and she was very large. On Monday, 19 August she was brought to the Faculty’s Veterinary Academic Hospital (OVAH) with a history of lethargy and depression. According to the manager of Lory Park Zoo, Kara Heynis she was 5 days overdue. Ultrasound of the female showed two healthy foetuses and one where no heart beat could be seen. Radiographs of the female confirmed three kittens in utero. As the female was very lethargic and the foetus very large and overdue, Dr Katja Koeppel, wildlife vet in the Faculty, decided to perform a caesarean section. en_ZA
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dc.format.extent 2 pages : color photos en_ZA
dc.format.medium PDF file en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/71447
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
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dc.subject Faculty of Veterinary Science, News media coverage of en_ZA
dc.subject Black-footed cat en_ZA
dc.subject Cesarean section en_ZA
dc.subject Felis nigripes en_ZA
dc.subject.lcsh Veterinary medicine -- Press coverage en
dc.subject.lcsh Veterinary medicine -- South Africa en
dc.title Faculty vets rescue female black-footed cat and her kittens with cesarean section en_ZA
dc.type Text en_ZA


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