Monkey goes bananas in Pretoria CBD

2012-11-19 09:42
Vervet monkey (File)

Vervet monkey (File)

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Pretoria - A male vervet monkey has been up to a fair amount of monkey business in the Pretoria CBD.

The Pretoria News Weekend reported that the primate gave an old lady quite a fright when she found it eating a banana in her flat at a retirement home.

The monkey ran off when she shouted at it and proceeded to roam around the home before crossing the road.

Retirement home caretaker Pieter Erasmus said: “He was definitely wild and very human shy.”

A nature conservation official said they were aware of the animal and had been trying to catch it but this was proving a bit of a challenge.

“Following a monkey through a city is very difficult when you’re in a car or on foot,” said deputy director of Nature Conservation Thinus Prinsloo.

He was wary of darting the monkey as the dart could be lethal to humans.

Craig Allenby, of the Pretoria Zoological Gardens, said he had never heard of a monkey roaming around the city centre.

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