Inspectors are currently making their way from Kleinmond to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA Wildlife Department in Grassy Park following the rescue of a young female baboon who sustained extensive burns to her hands and feet. Our hospital staff is expecting the need for intensive treatment of serious burns from the first photographs received from the inspectors in the field. Once treated and healed she will be returned to her troop.
The juvenile is the first of nine baboons identified needing veterinary treatment. We are anticipating to capture eight more baboons who require urgent veterinary examination and treatment. Our aim is to administer onsite treatment to those that can be released immediately. Others requiring more intensive care and further treatment will be brought in to our facility.
Race against Time
We applied for a special permit from CapeNature allowing us to intervene – lure the baboons (to land where it is easier to dart them), to dart them, transport them and treat them. The permit expires on 24 January 2022, meaning we only have the next 2 days to complete our intervention.
Public Appeal for Aid
We have incurred veterinary expenses exceeding R15,000 so far, only for darting, and the expenses are expected to increase over the next two days (Saturday and Sunday) as we attempt to dart more baboons who sustained burns and need treatment. Our staff have been traveling close to 300 km a day. The cost of private veterinarians will be at the expense of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA. Your help with any donation will allow us to meet our mutual obligation to care for our Wildlife.