Last week, veterinarians at Pretoria's Waterkloof Glen Animal Hospital operated on Pennetjies, a porcupine that was severely injured around her neck.
It appears that she had been caught in a wire snare, and she was freed. Although the surgeons stitched her up and did everything they could to save her, she tragically died over the weekend.
Pennetjies must have panicked in the wire snare for hours, and the damage to her neck was visibly painful and severe.
Dr Johan van Deemter of the animal hospital spoke to Beeld, saying, "I think the damage to her neck was just too serious, and it was coupled with trauma and stress".
"Where there's life, there's always hope. I wish that the end-result was different, but I really think everything was just too much for her."