Baby monkey tied with twine to its dead mother and abandoned in Ramsgate

Baby Alex.

A BABY monkey, now called Alex, was taken to Umsizi Umkomaas Vervet Rescue Centre last night after its mother had been shot – allegedly by a security guard – and her baby tied to her dead body.

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Tammy Nel, who lives on a farm in Ramsgate, said one of her farm workers called her yesterday and told her about the monkeys.

The farm worker cut the baby free and kept it for Tammy to take to Tracy Rowles at the Umsizi Umkomaas Vervet Rescue Centre.

Tammy Nel is known for her love of all animals – big and small.

Tammy said that when she received the baby monkey it was ice cold and traumatized.

After holding him tightly under my shirt for warmth, as we got closer to Umkomaas he started opening his eyes and putting his hands on my face to kiss me and look for something to suck on my face. I promised him he would be OK.

This morning, Tammy said Alex was eating and drinking well, and Tracy believes Alex will make a good recovery. 

Baby Alex in the safe care of Tracy Rowles.

“I wish we humans could live with the wildlife and not harm them. After all it’s us who are destroying their habitats!,” said Tammy.
Tracy said, via her Facebook page, that they were are looking into this case and once they had all the facts would hand the details to the SPCA.

The amazing ‘mother of the monkeys’ Tracy Rowles.

“This is possibly the saddest story of utter cruelty I have heard this baby season. I hope with love and care from myself and the other babies we can help this little chap through his trauma.”

If you find an injured monkey, contact Tracy at  072 833 5119.


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Shona Aylward

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