Monkey family poisoned

2015-01-19 00:00

PRESTBURY residents and animal rights activists are up in arms after three ­monkeys were apparently poisoned and killed yesterday.

It’s believed the monkeys, a mother and two infants, were given the deadly Two Step poison. The infants died on the spot while the mother was rushed to a Hilton vet where she died yesterday afternoon.

Steve Smit from Monkey Helpline described the poisoning as barbaric. He said he was appalled that someone could resort to such actions to deal with monkeys.

“There is a wealth of information on how to deal with the monkeys humanely,” he said.

Prestbury resident Karen Humphries, who took the monkey to the vet, said she was called by one of her neighbours who found the monkeys on the ground.

They had fallen from a tree and only the mother was barely still alive.

She told The Witness she did not know who would have poisoned the monkeys.

“If someone had wanted meat, they would not have poisoned them, but if someone wanted to use them for muthi purposes, they might have.”

She said most people in Prestbury did not have a problem with the monkeys, but there are some people who do not want them there.

“We do feed them, and there are some people who do not like that I feed them,” she said.

Humphries was devastated by the poisoning.

“The babies are small and the poison took effect quickly and killed them … We found the mother still convulsing and I rushed her to the vet … I have been crying all morning.”

She said this was not the first time that monkeys had been poisoned in Prestbury.

“Sometime ago someone poisoned about 17 monkeys. They poisoned the whole troop. The poison they give them is quick, but very painful.”

Humphries said people needed to be tolerant of the animals.

“Many people do not have a problem with the monkeys because they are not aggressive and do not go into people’s houses because we feed them … We are squeezing them out of their areas.”

She said she was especially devastated by the poisoning of this family of monkeys.

“If they had poisoned any other monkey, I would still have been very upset, but I knew this mother and I called her Angel,” she said.

Monkey Helpline has appealed to the public for help with the payment of the vet’s bill, and asked for anyone with information about who might have poisoned the monkeys to contact them at 082 659 4711.


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