Hungry baboons visit Rocky Crest

28 Jan 2015 12:49pm
WINDHOEK, 26 JAN (NAMPA) – Residents of the Rocky Crest residential area in the capital were caught by surprise on Sunday morning when a troop of baboons scrampled for food there.
About 30 baboons, among them babies and an injured old male, made a stopover in the veld close to the gravel road leading from Rocky Crest towards the Concordia College.
This rare spectacle was seen for about 45 minutes between 10h00 and 11h00.
The baboons first appeared near the three-way junction between David Hosea Meroro Road and Long Island Street, before moving down the gravel road into the mountains.
Some curious motorists queued up to take pictures of the well-relaxed baboons, while some threw food out of their motor-vehicles’ windows.
Baboons normally find their food in the veld where they live.
One driver pointed to the delay in the coming of the rainy season as one of the reasons why the animals were coming into residential areas in large numbers in search for something to eat or drink.
Dogs from the neighbourhood could not bear the sight of the baboons, barking incessantly in defence of their territories.
Meanwhile, a few metres down the road from where the baboons were searching for food, Havana resident Lukas Andreas was gathering some dry grass for his cattle.
Andreas is a farmer in the Ondangwa area in the northern part of Namibia.
He loaded several bags full of dry grass onto his pick-up truck and trailer to help serve as animal feed.
“The drought condition in our area has greatly reduced the available forage for my cattle. It is not raining on the farm, and my cattle are starving.
The rain is late, and I have no money to buy feed for my animals,” he lamented.
The Namibian Agricultural Union (NAU) has raised concern that the rain situation is critical in the country, and farmers are anxiously waiting for some drops. Namibia's rainfall is largely confined to the summer months, being from November to March.
“Even though limited, scattered rainfall was recorded recently, the biggest part of Namibia is still very dry.
At this stage, it is especially the dryland agronomists, who started planting in December, who urgently wait for the next rain,” a newsletter issued by the NAU on Friday stated.
Weather forecasters are also still uncertain about the possibility of a normal rain year for the first part of 2015, according to the union.