Mon­key business

Vervet mon­keys are smarter than you think…

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Kate Clarence says her two spaniels, Pitcher and Sandy, are very pro­tec­tive of her and Thandi Thut­shini, her right hand, so the mon­keys keep their dis­tance. But as soon as Kate goes for a walk on the beach with the dogs the mon­keys en­ter the house in search of food.

Kate says the mon­keys don’t pose sim­i­lar prob­lems in the vil­lages in­land, be­cause “they get butchered and eaten there.”

On the farm The Out­post out­side Port Ed­ward, where they grow ba­nanas, macadamia nuts, sugar cane, ly­chees and dragon fruit, Ish­mael Mkhize tells us about their prob­lems with mon­keys on a tour of the farm.

“We no­ticed ba­nanas were dis­ap­pear­ing from the pack­ing shed. When we in­ves­ti­gated, we dis­cov­ered the mon­keys would gather in a big old wild fig next to the shed at around 12:50, just be­fore lunch time. When the work­ers leave for lunch, they would jump onto the roof, climb through a row of small win­dows and help them­selves. And then, an hour later, around 13:45, just be­fore the work­ers re­turn, the mon­keys would be off… each with a bunch of ba­nanas for the road.”

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