Orphaned monkey in rehab at Crow

2010-09-22 00:00

THE mystery of the whereabouts of the monkey orphaned after Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife euthanased its parents was cleared up yesterday, after Crow (Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife) at Yellowood Park admitted he is there.

They previously denied this when questioned by The Witness.

Crow also revealed it has obtained a protection order against the owner of the monkeys.

Director Samantha Terblanche said the vervets were never admitted to Crow as patients for rehabilitation, but for observation and independent assessment to see if they could be rehabilita­ted at the request of EKZNW.

Terblanche said two of the animals could not be rehabilitated, but Crow felt it would be “unfair and inhumane to euthanase two perfectly healthy vervet monkeys”, especially since the female was pregnant.

“The female should have been given the opportunity to give birth and raise her infant until [it] is ready for rehabilitation.”

Crow recommended that the two adults be sterilised and either transferred to a sanctuary or the owner be given a permit with strict conditions in terms of their accommodation.

They wanted the juvenile male to be integrated into a Crow troop for rehabilitation and release.

Terblanche said Crow had no jurisdiction over the animals and did not participate in the capture, darting or euthanasia. “It goes against our constitution to euthanase a perfectly healthy animal.”

She alleged that Johan Olivier, the owner of the monkeys, trespassed onto Crow’s property after hours on several occasions, despite the staff and director asking him not to.

Oliviertold The Witness that he slept in the cage with the monkeys.

Terblanche alleged he had made threats against Crow, which resulted in Crow seeking a protection order in the interest of the safety of Crumb, the other animals housed there, and staff.

“It had been agreed with Ezemvelo that the location of Crumb’s rehab would not be revealed [initially],” she said.

“Crumb has been successfully integrated into a troop of other juveniles and has bonded well, showing no signs of withdrawal. He has adapted well, cuddling with the others and running away with them when approached by staff, which … indicates good potential for ultimate rehabilitation.”

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