What should you do if you encounter a baboon in your house?
It can be very intimidating (and highly annoying) to find a baboon in your home. While your first reaction may be one of fear and anger, keep in mind that the baboon is simply looking for food and does not intend to hurt you (unless you provoke it, try to harm it, or try to prevent it from accessing your food). Below are a few steps that you can take to remove the baboon while minimizing the danger to any people in the house and to your property.
- clap your hands
- bang together two pots
- spray the baboon with water from a water pistol or a spray bottle
5. If all else fails, call for help!
Go to the NSPCA website for a downloadable list of all South African SPCA offices and after hours emergency numbers. Find your local SPCA numbers and keep them in an easy-to-find location in your house.
In the Cape Peninsula of South Africa, some options for help are:
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