International animal welfare organisation Four Paws has launched an emergency relief mission in South Africa after severe fires swept across Cape Town, causing devastating damage.

As a result of the fires, houses were destroyed and local residents were forced to flee.

The fires destroyed several thousand hectares, with the Table Mountain National Park also badly affected.

In response, Four Paws put together an emergency relief team on site to help injured wild animals.

Wildlife experts from the animal welfare organisation, which has an office in Cape Town, worked closely with authorities in the area to help as many animals as possible.

Meanwhile, with the fires now under control, the Four Paws team, supported by volunteers, had started looking for injured animals.

Fiona Miles, country manager of Four Paws South Africa said animals affected by the fire included baboons, tortoises, hedgehogs, snakes, reptiles, birds and caracal.

Many people have already supported the workers on site with donations, while some offered to support the team as volunteers.

Four Paws was also helping victims to feed their companion animals, which are often an important comfort in times of distress.

Additionally, Four Paws organised a collection of in-kind donations on site including blankets, towels, water bowls, bandages, gloves, pet food and first aid kits to provide help for the injured animals.
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