Tuesday 23 May 2017

Bullet-ridden baboon's terror rule

A bullet-ridden baboon learned how to steal food from inside cars and terrorised people in Cape Town (Channel 4/PA)
A bullet-ridden baboon learned how to steal food from inside cars and terrorised people in Cape Town (Channel 4/PA)
X-Ray pictures showing the body of a bullet-ridden baboon that terrorised people living in a South African suburb (Channel 4/PA)

X-ray pictures have been revealed showing the body of a bullet-ridden baboon that terrorised people living in a South African suburb despite being shot more than 50 times.

Vets only discovered the number of wounds after the animal, known as Fred, was captured and killed by the authorities in Cape Town.

His post-mortem was captured on camera for a Channel 4 documentary about the animal, which learned how to unzip bags and steal food from cars and houses despite carrying bullets and shotgun pellets around in his head and body.

By the time Fred was captured, he had bitten several people and even learned to listen for the click of central locking before jumping into cars full of people in search of food.

Vet Mark Evans, who presented Rogue Baboon: An Inside Nature's Giants Special at 9pm on Monday night, said Fred could "bite like a lion...run like a cheetah...and rule his troop like a despotic emperor".

He said the animal behaved like "the most notorious gangsters", adding: "Fred became very protective of his patch - anyone standing in his way faced intimidation and violence."

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