Baby monkey clings on

2014-10-17 00:00

A TWO-WEEK-OLD baby monkey is being raised at a safe haven after its parents were poisoned at Curry’s Post.

Quinton George, owner of the Lodge @ Curry’s Post, found the baby vervet clinging to its parents who were in their death throes from poisoned bread set out by his workers.

“I had to put them out of their misery because I could see the monkeys were in a lot of pain,” he said. “I am very unhappy because I have children and dogs that could have been hurt,” said George, who added that the workers were no longer at the Lodge.

FreeMe spokesperson Roz Marais agreed that the parents appeared to have been poisoned. “Baby primates usually cling to their mothers until they are a little bit older, so the amount of trauma and separation anxiety suffered by this little animal is enormous. Her only hope for complete rehabilitation is to be placed with a surrogate mother as soon as possible,” she said.

On Wednesday FreeMe took her to the Hamptons Wildlife Care Centre in Byrne Valley that specialises in vervet monkeys where she will be reintegrated into a troop.

The centre’s owner and facilitator, Jan Hampton, said they had named the monkey Maria.

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