Saturday, July 13, 2013

Plett’s ‘Alien’ Puzzle Solved

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Plett’s ‘alien’ puzzle solved

By John Harvey

     IT would not be surprising if Plettenberg Bay residents start referring to their town as Area 44 after the carcass of an "alien-looking” creature was discovered at Nature’s Valley this week.

They might even start cashing in on the 044 area code by equating it with New Mexico’s mysterious Area 51, given the bizarre appearance of an animal found on Monday by Curt-Leigh Dixon, 17, the son of SANParks ranger Llewellyn Dixon.

But Dr Magdalena Braum of The Crags Vet Clinic, who performed a postmortem, said yesterday the mysterious creature, exhibiting a highly elongated torso, was in fact a newborn female baboon.

"It was most likely killed by a bite through the skull soon after birth – possibly infanticide which is very common in some primate species when a new male takes over the troop,” she said. . . .

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