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Guest : Corné Uys

Tiny hooves pounded the earth. Terrified animals were desperately fleeing the crackling
flames as raging fires devoured Hermanus. All Corné Uys could think of was whether
they’d make it out alive. The teenage conservationist realised that the slowest animals
had the slightest chance of survival.
. Distressed families bundled their belongings and sped away from the streams of
smoke overshadowing their houses. Instead, Uys packed his father’s car with
emergency supplies and raced out into the blaze. He had tortoises to save.
Running back and forth between the flames, Uys risked his life to rescue the little
critters. The uncertainty of whether each tortoise he found would survive brought him
to tears, but the teenager kept going. Surrounded by smoke, many of the animals were
injured and on the verge of being suffocated in their shells. That evening, Uys and his
father cleaned each creature by hand at their home. All 33 tortoises made it through
the night.
A certified snake catcher at just 17-years-old, Uys’ passion for animals has always run
wild. Though he models himself on the character of famed conservationist Steve Irwin,
he acted on pure instinct during the fires earlier this month. Thanks to his tenacity, the
tortoises began their second chance at life at the Fernkloof Nature Reserve.
His selfless act is a reflection of the courage and compassion of all South Africans, and
proof that our creatures are in good hands. “Wildlife deserve to be appreciated and
looked after,” Uys says. “Without them, we can’t survive.”
Corne's story is currently sitting on 1,268,379 Views and he is on his way to chasing his
dreams of becoming the South African Steve Irwin.

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