A gruesome shriveled and twisted carcass with leathered skin and a face seemingly grimacing in pain was discovering in Plettenberg Bay this week. The story even made The Huffington Post in the UK!
Plett locals were left astonished and baffled by the find and rumours of alien visitors and tokoloshe’s soon started to circulate on social networks and chat applications.
However the mystery was solved by a post-mortem.
Dr Magdalena Braum of the Crags Veterinary Clinic told Times Live it was actually a baby baboon killed by a bite to the head.
Tragically the elongated body is due to its grieving mother dragging the body around after its death.
“It was most likely killed by a bite through the skull soon after birth – possible infanticide which is very common in some primate species when a new male takes over the troop. The body is misshapen and mummified because it was carried by the mother after death. We have seen it quite often in baboon research troops, when females can carry the deceased infants for as long as three to four weeks by their tail section before discarding them. That explains the unusually long and narrow mid-body segment’’ Dr Braum told The Herald.
Photos courtesy: The Herald Newspaper