Appeal to residents to be on the lookout for monkey

2015-05-07 10:26
Residents are urged to be on the lookout for a female Vervet monkey who was spotted in the Kloof area doused in white paint.

Residents are urged to be on the lookout for a female Vervet monkey who was spotted in the Kloof area doused in white paint. (Supplied)

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RESIDENTS in the Kloof area are urged to be on the lookout for a female Vervet monkey that was doused with white paint and has been roaming the area for the past few days.

The urgent appeal was made yesterday by KwaZulu-Natal-based organisation Monkey Helpline’s Carol Booth.

Booth said she received the “horrific” picture from a Kloof resident of the Vervet monkey covered in the white paint.

“This monkey was clearly trapped by someone and then doused in white permanent paint. She may die of toxic poisoning if she is not caught and treated immediately,” said Booth.

She added that if the monkey is caught in time, the Monkey Helpline may have to shave her fur in order to prevent toxic poisoning.

“I urge everyone to be on the lookout and to contact us immediately. She has been cast out of her troop and each time she moves toward them, the troop attacks and bites her. She may even die from starvation if we don’t get her in time,” pleaded Booth.

Booth said that the person responsible for putting the paint on the monkey possibly believed that it would rid the area of monkeys. She said according to an old farmers’ 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.

“This does not work and the covering of a monkey in white powder will not get rid of the monkeys. Dousing them in white paint is incredibly cruel and will cause horrific suffering,” she said.

The adult female Vervet was last seen late Tuesday afternoon on Krantz View Road in Kloof.

If anyone spots the monkey, please contact Carol Booth at 082 659 4711 or 082 411 5444.

FELLOW co-ordinator at Monkey Hotline, Steve Smit (59) fell victim to a freak accident on Tuesday when a stick pierced through his right eye resulting in him losing sight in the injured eye.

The full-time volunteer was rushed to Westville Hospital where it was found that the stick had ­penetrated all the layers of the eye through the lens and cornea.

“The eye collapsed fully … The specialist immediately trimmed the eye layers, placed antibiotics into the hole and inserted a lens to block the opening thereby allowing the fluid to slowly refill and reform the eye,” Booth said.

Speaking to The Witness from the Durban Hospital, Booth said that the freak accident occurred when Smit attempted to catch chickens in his backyard

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