Sam and Monday Save the day
May 19, 2014
Sam and Monday save the day
While off-grid, on the outskirts of their territory, the Sonso community was startled by the sudden distress calls of a blue duiker. The chimpanzees hastened down the tree at a run and found the duiker, ensnared by its neck in a wire tied between two trees. Although we thought the chimps might strongly react to the duiker – after all, many of the chimpanzees themselves have snare injuries – they all stared at the duiker silently, with their fur pilo-erect, before travelling away.
Field assistants Adue Sam and Gideon Monday remained behind and removed the duiker from the snare after the chimpanzees left. It had sustained minor lacerations and bleeding around the neck, but took off running when released. Thanks to Sam & Monday for preserving one life from illegal poaching! The following week, the BCFS snare patrol team canvassed the area and removed several more snares.
*Video stills by Brittany Fallon.
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