Benoni baboon safely captured
Johannesburg - A baboon roaming the streets of Benoni for several days was safely darted and captured by a wildlife veterinarian on Friday, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) said.
He would be checked for injuries and poor health before being taken to a wildlife sanctuary in Limpopo.
Annelize Jungmaan from the Benoni SPCA said the baboon was probably kept illegally as a pet and had escaped.
"We've had reports of his coming down off the rooftops at night and curling up with local dogs in their kennels," she said.
One night he slept in an open wendy house, again with a dog.
The SPCA had set up food stations for the animal to encourage him to come down and to ensure he did not go hungry.
Jungmaan said it was against the law to keep wild animals like baboons and even the SPCA needed a permit to hold a distressed animal before moving it to the right rehabilitation centre.
Nicci Wright, senior animal handler from FreeMe, a Johannesburg wildlife rehabilitation centre, said the baboon had "popped up out of nowhere".
"There are troops living on the outskirts of Gauteng but nowhere near where this baboon appeared," she said.
The animal would spend a few days at the FreeMe shelter before being moved to Limpopo.
"We are very happy that the baboon has been safely captured and that this story will have a happy ending," Wright said.