Drunk Baboons Same As Drunk Humans
August 30 | Hmmm...No Comments Yet
I’m not a booze-hound.
Maybe it’s because my father never let me drink beer or any alcoholic beverage for that matter. Or it could be because I hung out with a pack of nerd-dogs who were afraid of getting carded at the local liquor store.
Regardless, I’ve heard stories of pups who’ve been aloud to partake in what is said to be a bitter drink. Some probably spent time recovering with Lindsay Lohan in rehab.
The first step in recovery is to admit you have a problem.
I know a bunch of baboons ready for the confessional booth. The Telegraph has their story.
Groot Constantia, in the heart of Cape Town’s wine country, can deal with inebriated holidaymakers – but it is invading baboons which have developed a taste for its grapes that the wine makers are struggling with.
Each day, dozens of Cape Baboons gather to strip the ancient vines – the sauvignon blanc grapes are a particular favourite – before heading into the mountains to sleep. A few, who sample fallen fruit that has fermented in the sun, pass out and don’t make it home.
“They are not just eating our grapes, they are raiding our kitchens and ripping the thatch off the roofs. They are becoming increasingly bold and destructive,” said Jean Naude, general manager at the vineyard, which is celebrating its 325th birthday this year. Guards banging sticks and waving plastic snakes have been deployed with only limited success, and not even a blast of a vuvuzela, the plastic horn made famous at the World Cup, seems to frighten them.
Crisis meetings between animal welfare groups and traumatised locals are struggling to find a workable solution.
“Where there’s a mountain, there’s a baboon,” said Justin O’Riain of the Baboon Research Unit at the University of Cape Town. “As we take up more and more of their land, the conflict increases.”
Meanwhile, For Sale signs are sprouting up in suburbs with baboon populations. Families which have lived in the same house for generations are giving up, moving away to get away from their animal tormentors.