Every life matters - baby baboon rescued

2016-02-04 06:00
=Uitenhage SPCA Kennel Manager, Koos Kroukamp with the 8 weeks old infant baboon which was confiscated from residents in Tiryville.               Photos: SUPPLIED

=Uitenhage SPCA Kennel Manager, Koos Kroukamp with the 8 weeks old infant baboon which was confiscated from residents in Tiryville. Photos: SUPPLIED

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An infant baboon of approximately 8 weeks old, was last week confiscated by the Uitenhage SPCA from residents of Tiryville, on the farthest outskirts of town.

“Needless to say, just one look into those little baboon eyes and we were all like putty in his little hands!” said Deidre Swift, Chairlady of the Uitenhage SPCA management board.

As seen on photos and videos posted on the Uitenhage SPCA Facebook page, the little baboon just loved getting up-close and personal. It even gets extremely vocal if you dared to dislodge his fingers from their strong hold on the person carrying him.

Uitenhage SPCA Kennel Manager, Koos Kroukamp, needs to be applauded for ensuring that this little soul was fed every two hours, throughout the night.

“Legislation does not allow us to keep wild life on our premises indefinitely, so our wonderful team all got busy to ensure the best opportunity for the little one.

“Fortunately, we discovered that Jo Beyers from Monkey Matters, had in fact reserved a flight to Johannesburg early Friday morning to transport a 3 month old baboon to Riverside, a wild life sanctuary in Tzaneen.

“On confirmation and approval from NSPCA, we contacted Jo who had no hesitation in making arrangements, at no cost to us, for our baby to be transported to safety and eventually be returned to the wild.

“An especially heartfelt thank you goes to Jo, as owing to the SPCA’s dire financial position, this would not have been possible without her assistance,” said Swift.

How to support SPCA:

If you would like to support and assist Uitenhage SPCA to be in a position to assist other animals in need, please consider donation. Every amount, no matter how small, makes a huge difference!

SMS Donation lines: Please sms the word “spca” to 38844 at a cost of R10 per sms or sms the word “spca” to 40747 at a cost of R20 per sms!

If you would like to make an EFT, here are our banking details; Account Name: SPCA Uitenhage, Account Number: 2004534192, Account Type: Savings, Branch Code: 127716/198765, Bank: Nedbank, International Swift code: NEDSZAJJ

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