The greatest beauty of Knysna is nature. Essentially, our town is surrounded by a park. That makes for excitement when animals such as elephant, caracal or leopard are glimpsed in the area. Generally, there’s respect for those rare and wondrous moments but would the respect be the same if any of those were regular visitors to your garden where your dogs and children play?
This is the question we’re presented with when it comes to baboons. Over the past couple of years, the frequency of visiting baboon troupes to urban areas has increased. There seems to be severe lack of information on them e.g. how many, their range and what specifically influences their travels.
Last week, a local newspaper reported that a dog in Welbedacht and another in Hunter’s Home had received injuries from baboons. Let’s be realistic. It’s likely that the dogs took on more than they could chew (as opposed to a baboon looking for trouble). But dogs will be dogs and baboons will be baboons.
Then there was a case in KZN earlier this year in which a child was attacked.
I’m on the side of the baboons. It’s easy for me to say that because i don’t have a dog or a child. I only have fascination and joy each time i see them travelling past my lounge window or in Metelerkamp Street (most regularly, about 400m before Montessori School).
I want to know what you really think. As the poll is anonymous, you don’t have to be politically correct. You can just vote for how you feel. But please give it some dedicated thought before clicking your answer.
If it were legal, and you had a gun, would you shoot baboons visiting your home?