The most heart-breaking pictures of helpless animals who couldn’t outrun the fire on Table Mountain were shared by the Cape of Good Hope SPCA on Tuesday, 20 April.
Dead snakes and small animals littered the mountains – trees are still burning in the aftermath of the blaze that swept through 600 hectares of land on and around Table Mountain since Sunday, April 18.
The fire has largely been contained, but embers still burn and fire services are keeping a watchful eye over the affected areas.
“Some areas are still actively burning / smouldering and the ground is so hot, the soles of our Inspectors shoes are melting. Amongst the carnage the Cape Town Fire has left in its wake we have found only one snake that we could save but this first sign of life has given us the hope we needed to continue believing and continue searching,” the SPCA said in a post.
They will keep searching for displaced animals, and know from their experience that wild animals often return to their area’s of origin, where they had burrows or nests.
“We are looking out for these animals too whose feet no doubt will burn on the hot ground,” they said.
The organisation received supplies and food to assist animals in need, and thanked all those who graciously contributed.
“Please continue to keep shallow containers of water in your gardens and keep calling us to report displaced wild animals or animals in distress.”