Baboon nearly kills boy (6)

2016-03-29 13:47
A new committee has been established to manage human and baboon relations in Cape Town. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

A new committee has been established to manage human and baboon relations in Cape Town. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Pietermaritzburg - A young boy was mauled by a baboon at Richmond on Friday leaving him in a serious condition.

Seluleko Xaba (6) was outside his home on a farm in Masosheni when a baboon living in the nearby forest charged him.

Seluleko sustained gaping bite wounds to his back and buttocks before relatives chased the baboon off by throwing rocks at it.

Family spokesperson Mthobisi Njilo said the baboon was allegedly kept by the owner of the farm, David Aadnesgaard, and often wandered around the homesteads of the families living on the property.

Njilo said the baboon had made an appearance on Wednesday and the family reported it to the farmer in the hopes of him shooting the baboon.

“On Thursday it came back and we called the owner to shoot it but he missed and it ran away,” said Njilo.

“On Friday morning my cousin Seluleko was outside when the baboon came back and charged him.”

Njilo said the baboon attacked the boy and tried to drag him off into the forest before the family threw rocks at it and chased it off.

He said Seluleko was severely bitten and was taken to hospital where he is now in a stable condition.

Aadnesgaard, however, said that the baboon did not belong to him but was part of a troop that had been released into his 5 000 hectare property by Crow five years ago.

He said Crow asked permission from Aadnegaard and his neighbours before releasing the baboons, who would have otherwise been euthenised if they could not be placed.

He said he had been granted a permit to keep the baboons on his property by KZN Wildlife.

“In all the years the baboons have been on the property, there have been no problems until now,” he said. “The baboon who attacked the child was hand-raised so when it was kicked out of its troop a few days earlier, it sought the company of humans.”

He said when he heard the baboon had attacked Seluleko and caused minor injuries to another child, he tracked down the baboon and shot it.

• A couple were attacked by their two dogs when they tried to separate them during a fight in Kloof yesterday.

Netcare911 spokesperson Chris Botha said reports indicated that the husband and wife were trying to separate a pit bull and a Rottweiler.

The man was severely bitten and was in a serious condition while his wife had also sustained several bite wounds but refused treatment.


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