SPCA explains decision to leave injured baboon behind

CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies spoke to Jenni Trethowan of Baboon Matters about a little female Phoenix baboon that died from burn injuries from the recent Cape fires.

Trethowan said that despite their efforts to try and save the baboon they were denied access to her and were told not to interfere.

Allan Perrins, chief executive at Cape of Good Hope SPCA says they were advised by professionals and experts not to remove the Phoenix from the troop.

We would never ever allow any animal to suffer unnecessarily.

Allan Perrins, Chief Executive at Cape of Good Hope SPCA

The decision to leave this juvenile baboon with the troop, with its mother, was an informed decision taken by professionals, a veterinarian with years of experience in consultation with other experts.

Allan Perrins, Chief Executive at Cape of Good Hope SPCA

Perrins says experts advised that the Phoenix be left with its mother because removing her would have contributed to her stress level and trauma.

He says they had to consider the fact that the little Phoenix wasn't the infant of that troop's alpha-male and chances of her being killed when she returned, were very high.

It wasn't a decision that was taken carelessly, it was carefully thought about and it was decided not to intervene prematurely.

Allan Perrins, Chief Executive at Cape of Good Hope SPCA

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