Ba­boons trou­ble Pu­mula South res­i­dents

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa Chron­i­cle Reporter

PU­MULA South res­i­dents are be­ing ter­rorised by ba­boons that raid their houses from a for­est around Khami Dam in search of food.

Talk­ing to a Chron­i­cle news crew yes­ter­day, the res­i­dents said al­though the ba­boons were not vi­o­lent yet, they fear that things could get worse and there are fears of the spread of dis­eases.

They said the ba­boons in­vade the area in groups of up to 30 as early as 9AM each day.

Some are a men­ace as they climb on rooftops while oth­ers roam the streets scav­eng­ing for food.

Mrs Priscilla Mlotshwa, a res­i­dent, said they were liv­ing in fear of the an­i­mals.

“We fear for our chil­dren. They may not be vi­o­lent now be­cause they still find food, but what would hap­pen when they come in larger num­bers than they al­ready are and food starts run­ning out for them?” won­dered Mrs Mlotshwa.

Mrs Princess Bhebhe said they fear for their health as they are not sure if the ba­boons are af­flicted by some dis­eases.

“An­i­mals be­long to the for­est and once they start com­ing to where peo­ple are then there’s a prob­lem. The other day they bit my melon on the ve­randa. Food is hard to come by th­ese days so I couldn’t throw it away. I sim­ply cut away the bit­ten piece and ate the rest. We pray that th­ese an­i­mals don’t bring us dis­eases,” said Mrs Bhebhe.

She said at one time a child who was com­ing from the shops lost a loaf of bread af­ter he was at­tacked by a ba­boon.

“May the com­mu­nity lead­ers take an ini­tia­tive to help us be­cause this is not healthy, we can’t live with ba­boons,” she said.

A res­i­dent who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity said the ba­boons are not afraid of women and chil­dren.

“Th­ese ba­boons will be com­ing from Khami Dam. The other prob­lem is they only flee from men. They are not scared of chil­dren and women. There’s a day when one ba­boon charged to­wards a child who was eat­ing bread. It pushed him to the ground and snatched his bread,” he said. — @tan­nytkay

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