Reward out for monkey shooter

2013-01-08 00:00

A REWARD of R10 000 has been promised to anyone with information that leads to the arrest of a person who is shooting vervet monkeys in Umhlanga.

Residents in the area sponsored the reward after two monkeys were shot with an airgun during the festive season.

The eight-week old baby of the two monkeys, which has been dubbed Terry-John or TJ, was injured during the shooting.

Carol Booth, of the Monkey Helpline in Durban, yesterday said the female was already dead when volunteers found her. They saw she had been lactating, but could not find the baby on the first day.

They found it a day later, sitting forlornly near the place its mother was shot. The male was found where it had been killed by dogs after being shot through the mouth.

Booth said it was likely the male fled with the baby when the mother was shot, but it had been wounded before being killed by dogs.

Booth said TJ was traumatised and did not want to be fed at first.

“After I picked him up, he just lay in my arms with his head hanging down.”

He has since been placed with two other young vervets and is now drinking milk and eating again.

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