UPDATE: Sad end for pregnant Woodgrange monkey shot in face and belly

UPDATE: September 14

MADAM Cheeks, who was picked up in Hibberdene last month, has had to be euthanised.

Tracy Rowles, who runs Umsizi Umkomaas Vervet Rescue Centre, was called out to help an adult female monkey which had been shot. X-rays revealed that a pellet had penetrated the animal’s nasal cavity before nicking the bottom of her eye. She was also shot in the abdomen, which resulted in her losing the baby she was carrying.

Tracy took the monkey to a specialist but she would never have regained her sight and had to euthanised.

The running costs of the centre, which operates 24/7 and cares for more than 100 vervet monkeys, are massive. Anyone wishing to assist can contact Tracy at 072 8335119 or email Tracymonkeylady@gmail.com

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TRACY Rowles, who runs Umsizi Umkomaas Vervet Rescue Centre, was called out last weekend to Woodgrange, Hibberdene, to help an adult female monkey who was in trouble.

Posted by Tracy Rowles Umsizi on Saturday, 19 August 2017

The animal had been shot – not once, but twice with a pellet gun.

Tracy said the X-rays revealed that a pellet had penetrated the animal’s nasal cavity and before nicking the bottom of her eye. She was also shot in the abdomen, which resulted in her losing the baby she was carrying.

The X-ray of Madam Cheeks, who had been shot in the face.

The X-ray also showed that her leg had been previously been broken by a pellet, but this had healed on its own.

The pellet lodged in her leg.

“In addition to being shot, she has an eye infection and cannot see. I will do everything in my power to help her. I will be monitoring her eyes and, if they do not improve,  I will take her to a specialist in Westville,” said Tracy.

If both her eyes are permanently damaged I’m going to have to do the unthinkable and euthanase her as it’s cruel to have a wild animal which is blind and spend their life in fear. My heart breaks for this troop which has been so persecuted in an area with absolutely no tolerance.

 

Madam Cheeks is doing so well except for her eyes which is a huge catastrophe. If she shows no signs of being able to see by the end of the week will be taking her to Westville to the amazing eye specialist. If both her eyes are permanently damaged I'm going to have to do the unthinkable and euthanaze her as it's cruel to have a wild animal who is blind and spend their life in fear. My heart breaks for this troop who has been so persecuted in an area with absolutely no tolerance.

Posted by Tracy Rowles Umsizi on Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Tracy has named the monkey ‘Madam Cheeks’, as she is cheeky and vicious, obviously from being blind and in pain.

“People make me so angry with their cruelty and it saddens me to see any animal in distress,” she said.

The twist in this story is that Madam Cheeks is from the same troop that was poisoned in April this year.

Thirteen monkeys died after being poisoned at the end of Sedgewick Crescent in Woodgrange.

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Tracy said they are still waiting for the police to put the evidence from the poisoning, which is at a veterinary practice in Park Rynie, into evidence bags, so it can be taken to the laboratory in Onderstepoort.

An injured Madam Cheeks.

Tracy is the incredible woman who rushes to the aid of these creatures when they are in desperate need of help. She picks them up, takes them to the vet and cares for them afterwards. She does this without funding and relies on donations from friends and people who care.

Tracy Rowles holds a picture of the monkeys which were poisoned earlier this year. She has been patiently waiting on the police for news on the case, but has heard nothing.

The name ‘Umsizi’ is taken from an isiZulu word meaning ‘helper’ or ‘helping hand’. Established more than 10 years ago in Umkomaas, Umsizi is a non-profit organisation run by Tracy, for the love of monkeys.

However, the running costs of this organisation are massive. The centre operates 24/7 and cares for more than 100 vervet monkeys, which need a highly nutritional diet of fruit and vegetables, as well as enclosures and enrichment, not to mention the vet bills, petrol money and additional expenses that come with raising the orphans as they go through baby formula extremely fast.

Anyone who can assist can contact Tracy at 072 8335119 or email Tracymonkeylady@gmail.com

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