Baboon attacks dogs, caretaker

2016-07-28 06:00
 Thula Makoa and the female Rottweiler, bearing its injuries. Beside them is Reverend Moeketsi Mototjane, of the Holy Cross Anglican Church in Nyanga..  PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Thula Makoa and the female Rottweiler, bearing its injuries. Beside them is Reverend Moeketsi Mototjane, of the Holy Cross Anglican Church in Nyanga.. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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An alleged stray baboon attack has left both master and man’s best friend nursing a bruised ego and a broken left hind leg, respectively.

According to Thuso Makoa, the incident took place in the early hours of Sunday.

“I was sitting by the fire when I heard a strange sound and I went to investigate. It was as if someone had dropped something over the fence. As I was walking in an alley, I couldn’t believe my eyes.”

Makoa said there, in front of him, was a baboon with a chain around its waist.

Then it lunged at him, he said.

“I turned around and ran for my life, and hid in one of the alleys,”

“As the dogs chased the animal around the yard, I managed to scramble to my room where, after a few minutes, I heard one of the dogs yelping in pain. As Makoa opened the door of his room, he said he saw one of the guard dogs, a female Rottweiler, rushing towards him, dragging its left hind leg and in obvious pain. He said he stayed in his room until daybreak as he was too scared to even save the dog from the attacker.

Makoa is still visibly shaken by the ordeal, days after the alleged attack.

“I wanted to save it(the dog), but I was too afraid and I hid in my room until around 5am,” he recalled.

He said that he was so terrified that he couldn’t fall asleep on the night as he wondered what could have happened to his two dogs.

“In the morning, when I decided to look for the dogs, I could only find the male, and as I searched further, found the female lying on the ground, injured and unable to move. I was heartbroken to see her lying(down) like that,” said Makoa.

Makoa, who works as a caretaker at the Holy Cross Anglican Church in Nyanga, said the dogs were donated by businessman Peter Motale two years ago after the facility had become a target of burglars and vandals.

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