Painted monkey rescued in Kloof now undergoing treatment

2015-05-19 06:00

A MOTHER monkey seen in Kloof after being doused with white paint, has been found and is in the care of animal specialists.

Monkey Helpline’s Carol Booth last week pleaded for people to look out for the monkey so it could be helped.

It was found in the area at the weekend.

Booth said the monkey seemed very disorientated when she was found and had been allegedly shot at by teenagers­ with pellet guns.

“She is very stressed. We could see that she was trying to communicate with us after she had been found.

“She curled up as soon we approached her. She must have been thinking that we would subject her to the same fate she had experienced,” Booth said.

She added that the paint had dried on her hair and that as a result it was hard to remove.

Booth said that it would not be possible to shave her hair to get rid of the paint as she needed a coat for winter and her young needed it to hold on to her.

“Normally if paint falls on a person’s skin paint remover can be used to take it off, but in this case it could very toxic for her.

“She is also very full of milk, her nipples had no paint on them, meaning her baby could have suckled it off, but there is no immediate threat to her young,” she said.

The monkey was sighted last week in the area and residents raised their concerns with Monkey Helpline.

According to an old farmer’s tale, farmers would catch monkeys and cover them in white powder or flour in the hope that their troop would follow them out of the area, thus ridding their farms of monkeys. Booth said that this would not work.

The monkey would remain with its carers for a number of days before being released back to join her troop and her baby, said Booth.

Steve Smit, also from the Monkey Helpline said the mother was not with her baby when she was taken in.

However, monkeys are protective of their young and he said the baby would be adopted by the troop while they worked to reunite her with her baby.

They are currently looking for those responsible for shooting pellets at the monkey and can expect to face charges when found

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