Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Who's the Monkey if baboons are free while people live in cages?
Where in the world, other than in
, do you have people living in cages while the baboons around them run free? Cape Town
You think baboons can do no wrong. Our baby was taken by one of
them from inside its cot that was in a bedroom. We found it two blocks away with its one leg bitten off. It’s a miracle the lad survived but do you people care; not a damn.
You guys seem to think it’s quite acceptable for people to have to live behind bars to try and prevent your beloved baboons destroying everything
they can get their hands on. You also expect us to have desert gardens so there’s nothing to eat that will encourage these mountain marauders from coming down into the built up areas.
In addition we are supposed to keep all our pets (dogs of all sizes and cats) inside our houses at all times in case
they get torn apart by a baboon. There have been recent press reports of at least two dogs being seriously mauled by one of these deranged primates. One was a bull terrier, a breed that is renowned for its fighting capabilities. But it was no match for the large male baboon that attacked it and left it at death’s door with broken bones and o ther wounds. The vet bill for its owners topped R20 000.
And before anybody in authority will even consider a complaint against a rogue baboon
the complainant has to supply the baboon’s name, mountain rock number and full details of the damage the animal has done. It is only when it can be established that the same baboon has committed at least half a dozen serious crimes that a long winded discussion will take place as to whe ther or not the animal should be put down.
When Fred, a particularly vicious one, was euthanased, Jenni Trethowan, the baboon’s Mother Teresa had this to say in a letter to a local paper: Please confirm whether specific ‘dominance matrix’ study to establish whether or not Fred was still the alpha male of the Millers Point troop had been done. Unless this was done, she argued, it should have been assumed that he was still the leader of the troop and in terms of the protocol for individual, raiding males, he should not have been put down.
So when a baboon goes on the rampage we must do costly, exhaustive studies before the animal can be taken out of circulation. Who is more important Jenni, people or baboons?
Sorry, that’s a ridiculous question to ask any baboon hugger as you all epitomize Jenni’s famous quote, Once you go baboon, you never go back.
The Cape Town City Council spends R10-million a year (enough to build around 250 houses for some of the thousands living in tin shacks) on yellow, jacketed baboon monitors. These men can be seen sleeping under trees or huddled in little groups chatting while baboons are raiding somebody’s house; pulling down the gutters and doing all kinds of other damage.
Of course we have all heard your stupid argument about baboons being here first. But if you follow this nonsensical train of thought to its conclusion entire populations of countries would have to be shifted to
their historical place in the world.
Sorry to have to tell you but somebody has gone and let
the secret out of the cage. And I don’t think you people and more especially the baboons are going to be at all happy.
My friend shot 14 in a week a month ago and he hasn’t seen one since. If everybody starts doing this the problem will soon be solved and you huggers will just have to find something else to champion.
How about people for a change – the starving millions.