The Durban police department along with animal activists are promising a R25k reward for any information that could lead to finding the perpetrators involved in the poisoning of at least 22 monkeys in Umdloti.
It is reported that the incident is thought to have taken place on Saturday when rescuers from the Monkey Helpline were alerted to some deceased vervet monkeys in the area.
The organization caught over 22 ailing monkeys and transported them for immediate veterinary treatment.
The Monkey Helpline announced that 13 monkeys have since died leaving a number of orphans behind. There was another animal victim of a poisoner found: a dog died after it had swallowed a poisoned monkey’s vomit.
“When we got to a home in Umdloti, it was a horrible sight. There were monkeys lying all over the floor, foaming at the mouth, with some hanging off a tree, convulsing,” Steve Smit, the founder of Monkey Hotline said.
“Some of these monkeys were still very young. Now they have to grow up without mothers because of someone’s selfish and intolerable actions,” said Smit.
If you have any information that could assist with investigations, contact Marshall Security via Facebook, using the WhatsApp line (079 514 8352) or by calling the private security company’s ‘In Case of Anything’ number (086 162 7732).