Baboon recovering after being shot with pellet gun

2015-12-15 14:02

Cape Town - A baboon is likely to make a complete recovery after it was shot with a pellet gun in Scarborough over the weekend.

“The baboon is under observation and since Monday morning, there was already an improvement in his condition,” said mayoral committee member for energy, environmental and spatial planning, Johan van der Merwe.

On Sunday morning, a homeowner reported an injured baboon was in her garden on Mountain Rise Road, the City of Cape Town said in a statement.

Service provider Human Wildlife Solutions responded and alerted the veterinarian on call while baboon rangers lured the large juvenile male into a cage. He was bleeding from his left side after being shot with a pellet gun. His wound was treated and he was put on a drip, the city said.

The vet and city’s Baboon Technical Team hoped the baboon would make a full recovery and be returned to the Misty Cliffs troop.

Van der Merwe said it was illegal to fire a pellet gun in an urban area. Baboons were a protected species in the Western Cape, according to the CapeNature Conservation Laws Amendment Act.

"Animal welfare organisations condemn the use of pellet guns on animals as shooting a baboon with a pellet gun causes terrible pain and rarely kills the animal,” he said.

It was illegal to feed baboons, to poison, trap, hunt, hurt, or kill them. Residents could report any baboon-related matters by calling 071 588 6540.

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