Kind people rescue wild Lilac Breasted Roller after Hoedspruit hit and run

Meet “Rollie”, the Lilac Breasted Roller. He was the victim of a hit and run in Hoedspruit, Limpopo, South Africa, a small tourism and agriculture town in the Central Lowveld between the Kruger National Park and the Blyde River Canyon. The Lilac Breasted Roller is a brightly coloured bird with a green head, lilac throat and breast, a blue belly and blue wing feathers.

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Rollie the Lilac Breasted Roller after being rescued. Photo credit: Ethel and daughter/ReWild NPC

Fortunately for Rollie, a kind woman named Ethel and her daughter who were travelling in the car behind saw what happened. They didn’t hesitate to stop and rescue him.

Rollie was taken to ReWild NPC, a wildlife rehabilitation centre based in Phalaborwa in the Mopani District Municipality of the Limpopo province after being stabalized by Rhino Revolution and ProVet. He had a badly broken leg and due to severe concussion he had to be hand fed initially.

Lilac Breasted Roller rehabilitation
Rollie got stronger, and more feisty! Photo credit: Ethel and daughter/ReWild NPC

At first the ReWild NPC caretakers were very worried that Rollie might not survive because of the stressful ordeal. However, he soon settled in and became quite a character in the clinic! He got stronger, more feisty and quickly got the nickname ‘Sid’ (as in Sid Vicious) after his tendency for biting the hand that feeds him.

Rollie made a full recovery after spending time in the care of the ReWild NPC team. He was taken back to the place where he was found and released to freedom.

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Rollie hopping out of his “travel box”, back at the spot where he was rescued. Photo credit: Ethel and daughter/ReWild NPC

Rollie hopped out of the box, had a look around before flying off back to his life in the wild. 🌞

Lilac Breasted Roller in Hoedspruit
Rollie getting his bearings before flying off home. Photo credit: Ethel and daughter/ReWild NPC


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