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Tue 12 Jul 2005

"South Africa's Cape Baboons Being Maimed"

Category : Singapore Naturalist

"The baboons of South Africa's Cape Peninsula are caught in a war with their human neighbors, who are sick of having their kitchens ransacked by marauding primates with an uncanny knack for breaking into houses.

"People love them or hate them. Very few people are ambivalent," says Jenni Trethowan of the local Baboon Matters Organization. "The hating community is the most vociferous."

The conflict is a result of the throngs of camera-toting tourists who crowded this scenic part of the country and ignored warning signs that threaten fines for feeding the baboons. The animals got used to the treats and became increasingly aggressive in their search for more."

Read "South Africa's Cape Baboons Being Maimed." By Clare Nullis, Associated Press, 11 Jul 2005.

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