Police open case in Umdloti monkey poisoning

Police open case in Umdloti monkey poisoning

KwaZulu-Natal police say a woman has come forward to open a case, after 22 vervet monkeys were poisoned in Umdloti - north of Durban.

Police vehicle, crime scene
Anelisa Kubheka

13 animals died after eating food laced with the substance on Saturday morning.  

"The complainant alleged that on March, the 9th, she heard the dog barking. When she went outside to check, she noticed the monkeys lying on the ground and there was foam coming out the mouth. Then she contacted the monkey helpline," SAPS spokesperson Nqobile Gwala said. 

Gwala says a case was then opened for investigation.  

Monkey Helpline's Steve Smit says the remaining nine monkeys are recovering well. He's welcomed the probe.

"We are hoping that with the police officially being involved, as well as the reward that is being offered for the information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators - that someone, somewhere will pass on the right information," Smit said.   

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