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Electrocutions in Diani, Kenya

Dear Readers: Some pictures in this blog you may find distressing.

We are Joyce and Angelique and we are volunteers at the Colobus Trust. In Holland we both work as nurses and here we’ve been helping John in the vet clinic. Recently we’ve been really shocked by seeing an electrocuted bush baby and an electrocuted colobus.

Last week someone brought a bush baby to us that had been electrocuted. Both his legs and feet and one hand were affected. One of his lower-legs had gone completely, the other was badly maimed and on his hand only the bones remained. Due to the fact that the bush baby didn’t have any feeling in his arms or legs he started eating himself in his cage. The only thing we could do is to put him out of his misery because he was suffering too much. It was terrible to see the bush baby electrocuted and in pain like that.


Above: The Bush Baby with his injuries

Today we got a phone call on the Colobus Trust hotline. We were told that there was a Colobus which had fallen down into a room of a derelict hotel. The person who called told us that the Colobus’ leg was broken. We responded to this call and went to the location and when we arrived we saw the Colobus was sitting on a balcony. We tried to capture him but yet he was still strong and tried to get away. Staff members John and Peter captured the colobus with a net. At that moment we saw his injuries were very serious. Both his legs and his arm were broken. It was discovered that he fell down from an electric wire after being electrocuted. His feet and his hand were still there but one of his legs was only hanging by a bit of skin. It was really horrible to see how the Colobus was suffering.


Above: The Colobus in the clinic

Below: The injuries caused by electrocution and the subsequent fall


We put him in a cage and brought him to the surgery. The vet gave him an injection directly straight into his heart. The Colobus died- unfortunately we couldn’t save him. He would never be able to survive in nature without his feet and his hand.

It has really been a sad week to see these horrible things happening. There are huge lengths of electricity wires here everywhere and primates don’t know they can’t touch them. Obviously the human population need the wires but many animals die because of this. The trust adapts tubing for insulation which goes around the wires so monkeys can pass without getting electrocuted. The trust has already done some good work on the wires but we still need funding to get more wires insulated to save more monkeys.

Help us helping and donate to the Colobus Trust.

Thank you,

Joyce and Angelique


Unsung Heroes of The Colobus Trust – Dr Alan

There are many people without whom our work would have never been possible, I hope one day to mention them all. One of these people is our vet Dr Alan. Dr Alan only recently moved to Diani, but has quickly built up a strong bond with all of us at the trust. Although we use several vets, dependant on the situation, Dr Alan has become our main source of call. Not only because he is an excellent wildlife vet, with a wealth of experience, but also because he has been kind enough to never charge us for his services. This gesture means a lot to us as currently we are being hit hard by a lack of volunteer bookings (which supply a large amount of our funding and workforce). We hope that by telling you of the wonderful work he does we can go somewhere towards paying him back. Dr Alan Together with Dr Alan we have treated many cases. Including a successful one on Tuesday this week where we rescued an old female Sykes Monkey who had been hit by a speeding car. On arrival it seemed like there was little hope, she was bleeding profusely out of her ears, mouth and nose, but she was breathing steadily, so we acted fast. After collecting her we rushed to pick up Dr Alan. Having had to abandon his shopping trip Dr Alan proceeded to analyse the monkey’s condition on the way back to our vet clinic. She had taken a nasty hit to the face, had lost a few teeth and was bruised all over. It was very clear however, that this monkey was a tough one! She had lost a hand and the cartilaginous part of one ear to an earlier incident that we assume to be an electrocution. However, after Dr Alan’s treatment and continued care from our staff she made a quick recovery and was eating and drinking by the end of the day. Now, three days later, she is well on the road to recovery (photo below). We hope that after a few more days’ observation she will be ready for release. We will keep you updated on her progress. The Sykes Monkey In It’s Cage So, we would like to take this opportunity to extend a massive thank you to Dr Alan. His kind nature, expertise and generosity are invaluable to us and we look forward to learning much from each other in the future.  Thank you Dr Alan, from all at The Colobus Trust!