In­jured ba­boon dies

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THE City of Cape Town’s en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment depart­ment is mak­ing ev­ery ef­fort to en­sure that the glob­ally im­por­tant fauna and flora is mon­i­tored and man­aged dur­ing and af­ter fires, the city said. This in­cluded en­sur­ing the safety and well-be­ing of ba­boon troops. With the as­sis­tance of 63 rangers from Hu­man Wildlife So­lu­tions, the depart­ment man­ages 11 ba­boon troops, it said in a state­ment. Three of the troops had home ranges in the vicin­ity of Ocean View, Glen­cairn and Si­mon’s Town, which were af­fected by fires on Jan­uary 11. Dur­ing post-fire as­sess­ments, two ju­ve­nile ba­boons from the Da Gama troop were spot­ted with burn wounds. The city’s ur­ban wildlife vet­eri­nar­ian, to­gether with an­i­mal wel­fare pro­fes­sion­als, mon­i­tored the in­jured ba­boons daily. The city, on ad­vice of its an­i­mal ex­perts, took the de­ci­sion to leave a ju­ve­nile ba­boon with a burnt hand with her mother in the hope that she would re­cover in her nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, but she died on Satur­day night. “We de­cided not to trau­ma­tise the in­jured pri­mate fur­ther by sep­a­rat­ing her from the troop in the hope that she would sur­vive,” the state­ment said. – ANA

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