The Community Led Animal Welfare (CLAW), Wild Serve and the SPCA have finally captured a male baboon that was “on the run” and had been spotted in various Johannesburg suburbs. Perhaps, the wild primate just felt tired and “booked into” a hotel in Sandton.
The Sandton, Bryanston, and Fourways, the residents reported seeing the baboon during the weekend.
CLAW’s representative Cora Bailey posted on her Facebook page on Monday evening that the service managed to catch the unusual hotel guest.
“He is trapped. Thanks for all the lovely comments. This rescue would not have been possible without lots of special people getting involved,” she said. “The hotel management were clearly stressed but coped with all the crazy plans with utmost patience and professionalism.
“Capital on the Park, you were so accommodating and the buffet for the baboon trap looked scrumptious. Your hotel is a little bit of heaven among all the hustle and bustle that is Sandton. What were the chances that this baboon was going to enter the only vacant room in the hotel? But he did, and he is safe and sound.
“Watching him perched on a balcony railing on the 10th floor, expecting him to fall at any time, will forever be etched in my memory,” Bailey said.
Animal welfare services are going to release the animal into the wild soon but now the baboon is needed to be held under a close supervision of the specialists at a rehabilitation centre.