Vervet monkey rescued by a civilian

2017-04-26 06:03
 Photo: suppliedBaby Irene before treatment.

Photo: suppliedBaby Irene before treatment.

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APRIL is the month of National Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, this story is an opportunity to emphasise the cruelty that animals experience at the hands of humans. On behalf of the Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (Crow), we would like to give a big thank you and congratulations to everyone involved in the rescue of Baby Irene.

Baby Irene, a vervet monkey, sustained severe burn wounds to her feet due because of being dragged by a group of young boys along the hot tar.

Kevin Rundle, a man from Mtinzini, stopped to help Baby Irene after he saw her being dragged by the tail on Wednesday, March 15

Rundle, a builder by trade, witnessed the incident and stopped his car to save Baby Irene. After insisting that they let go of her the monkey ran into the bush and was only found the following morning at a dirt road nearby.

Baby Irene had severe burn wounds on both her feet and two puncture holes that were badly infected as well as she was also very dehydrated.

Her wounds were treated by applying burn ointment and changing the bandages three times a day.

After spending 10 days in ICU at Crow, Baby Irene is now moving around and doing much better. She will be kept in a separate enclosure until she is strong enough to join the rest of the nursery group of eight babies.

Baby Irene, about three-and-a-half months old, is named after our Empangeni depot, Irene Liversage who rushed this little one to Dr Geoff from Empangeni Veterinary Hospital where she was treated until she arrived at Crow.

“The monkey was so badly injured, that she went up to Kevin in order for him to help her,” said Liversage.

Crow is the only wildlife rehabilitation centre in Durban registered to work with all types of indigenous wildlife found in KZN. Every year Crow rescues, rehabilitates and releases over 3 000 orphaned, injured and displaced wild animals.

As a registered non-profit organisation, Crow is reliant on donations from the public. For queries and more information, contact Crow’s marketing and communications officer, Paul Hoyte on 031 462 1127 or

- Supplied.


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