Baboon’s body kept next to humans

2012-03-13 17:20

Cape Town - Two Johannesburg businessmen got the shock of their lives last week when visiting a funeral home they own in Durban - a baboon’s carcass alongside human bodies. 

Fred Darke, the general manager for an insurance company and funeral business, is renting funeral parlour premises in Durban.
Darke said the staff at his mortuary in Durban phoned a few days ago to tell him that a coffin was dropped off, with a label stating that the body inside had swine flu and was not to be touched.

However, Darke’s staff looked anyway and to their horror discovered a baboon carcass. The baboon had apparently been shot.

Darke and his sales manager, Andrew Cunningham-Moorat, said they were told by the man who owns the property, that the carcass was being used as a “prop” in a film. It had also been embalmed.

Cunningham-Moorat said when they contacted local police asking them to look into the matter, the police didn’t know what to do.

KwaZulu-Natal conservation authorities are now investigating the incident, said Cunningham-Moorat.

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  • TSR01 - 2012-03-13 17:25

    Yes, contract swine flu and die as well, that sounds like a great idea - kind of like the idiots who see a sign saying "WARNING: DO NOT TOUCH!!" and then get electrocuted. Besides, isn't that an invasion of privacy / violation of client confidentiality?

  • marina.poniatowska - 2012-03-13 17:29

    Who cares that it's next to human remains. Don't we all return to the same substance after death?

      Bruce - 2012-03-13 19:36

      Absolutely correct!

      Yar - 2012-03-13 21:32

      Am I missing something. Does nobody grasp the seriousness of this situation. Animals like this can carry all sorts of diseases, parasites and infestations. Kept in a funeral home the problems could be spread to the human corpses there. If unchecked all of the corpses could be dead in no time. It could become an epidemic in no time at all. Soon every corpse could be fatally affected. I suggest the authorities immediately put a stop to it.

      TSR01 - 2012-03-14 09:22

      @Yar, what...? "If unchecked all of the corpses could be dead in no time." "Soon every corpse could be fatally affected." You realize that a corpse is the dead body of a previously living creature / human? It is already dead...?

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-14 10:44

      TSR01 Yar's sarcasm clearly went over your head.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-14 12:36

      @TSR01, you didn't pick up the sarcasm??

      TSR01 - 2012-03-15 10:09

      Evidently not; some of these News24 users would make statements like that with a straight face and not a hint of anything being askew in what they just typed.

  • justinasher - 2012-03-13 17:32

    What morons; but I often wonder how we know what is in the coffin before we put it in the ground? For all we know some mortuary could be playing sick jokes sending bodies from the crematorium to the cemetary and vice versa....oh the thought of that is crazy!

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-03-13 17:33

    Something doesnt sound right with this whole episode, wait a few days when this will generate into something else. To make matters worse this Ape was apparently shot. Hold your breath

  • fani.masemola1 - 2012-03-13 17:38

    how is this news now???

      marina.poniatowska - 2012-03-14 21:07

      What - are you only interested in murder, corruption and rape? It's kind of cool to read something off beat for a change.

  • Jason Rapheal Johnson - 2012-03-13 17:49

    That story sucks. I was expecting something totally gruesome and shocking. What is up with News24 and these really insignificant stories. Last week we had to read about a man who saved a bottle of Whiskey.

      profkaygee - 2012-03-13 19:09

      Can you give me the link to that story? I would like to read it and laugh.

      koo.doyle - 2012-03-14 09:12

      So you find 'gruesome and shocking' stories interesting? Really, you are a symptom of everything that is wrong with society. Everyone blames the press, but it is people like YOU that want the bad and sensationalised news.

  • Fatimah Mavuso - 2012-03-13 17:55

    Curiosity killd the cat

  • Piet - 2012-03-13 18:01

    Net nie dit nie!!!!!

  • deadlypixie - 2012-03-13 18:09

    Welcome to our idiocracy....

  • Julie - 2012-03-13 19:15

    I think this is a big joke!

  • Zaakir Joosub - 2012-03-13 19:16

    Well maybe they couldn't tell the difference.. Wait! Maybe a tokoloshe is responsible for this

  • Cracker - 2012-03-13 20:02

    Two dead bodies next to each other are two DEAD bodies. No matter what else you may assume or wish for. What's the fuss about? Real honesty please.

  • TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-03-13 21:09

    A good story would have been that they smuggled rhino horn out of the country in coffins, and got caught. A dead babboon is is dead. Period.

  • Gomoco - 2012-03-13 21:48

    police didn't knwo what to do hahahahah classic

  • Tim - 2012-03-14 06:31

    We are ALL God's creature surely?

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