#UMDHLOTI: A 20-thousand rand reward is being offered for information on the poisoning of more than 22 Vervet monkeys at Umdloti, on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast.
Marshall Security’s post on Facebook stated: “We are offering a R20 000 reward to anyone who provides information which leads to the identification, arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals involved in the poisoning of a troop of monkeys on Saturday. If anyone has any information I urge them to contact us on 079 514 8352 or 086 162 7732,” he said.
According to Monkey Helpline, a total of 13 monkeys were poisoned and killed in a move which shocked and outraged the north Durban community.
A resident’s dog was also a casualty of the poisoning and allegedly died after eating the vomit of a poisoned monkey.
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Monkey helpline need your assistance to help finance the bill for all the monkeys under care from the umdloti poisoning. Go to www.monkeyhelpline.co.za and make your donation
Steve Smit of Monkey Helpline said nine survivors of the troop were being treated by a vet in Durban North.
“This is a massive blow to the 6th Avenue troop in eMdloti. This has shocked us to our core and it’s an absolutely despicable act. We cannot believe someone would stoop so low and inflict this much cruelty on animals. It is going to take years for this specific troop to recover,” he said.
Smit also thanked the north Durban community who rallied behind them to help capture and rescue some of the monkeys.