South African baboon evicted after raiding homes



A baboon, named Kataza by locals, eats from discarded waste from stores in Tokai, Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Kataza was relocated from Kommetjie, on the edges of Cape Town (Nardus Engelbrecht/AP)


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A baboon, named Kataza by locals, eats from discarded waste from stores in Tokai, Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Kataza was relocated from Kommetjie, on the edges of Cape Town (Nardus Engelbrecht/AP)

Kataza already had a lengthy rap sheet with Cape Town authorities so when he organised a band of others to raid a series of suburban homes, he was captured.

Now he sleeps at a prison, although there is a social media campaign for him to be returned to his old stomping ground.

Kataza is a baboon, one of a few hundred urban primates who live around Cape Town and are often a nuisance when they invade properties looking for food.

They knock over bins, steal fruit and vegetables from gardens, and generally cause trouble.



a bear that is standing in front of a brick building: Kataza sits outside the Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison, where he sleeps at night (Nardus Engelbrecht/AP)


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Kataza sits outside the Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison, where he sleeps at night

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Troublesome South African baboon evicted for raiding homes

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Kataza already had a lengthy rap sheet with Cape Town authorities, so when he organized a band of others to raid a series of suburban homes, he was captured. Now he sleeps at a local prison, although there is a social media campaign for him to be returned to his old stomping grounds.



A baboon, named Kataza by locals, eats from discarded waste from stores in Tokai, Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Kataza was relocated from Kommetjie, on the edges of Cape Town, to a nearby area late last month after city authorities claimed he was responsible for leading other baboons in his troop on raids through the village. One activist says Kataza is now wandering alone in an unfamiliar area and sleeping in a prison yard. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)


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A baboon, named Kataza by locals, eats from discarded waste from stores in Tokai, Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Kataza was relocated from Kommetjie, on the edges of Cape Town, to a nearby area late last month after city authorities claimed he was responsible for leading other baboons in his troop on raids through the village. One activist says Kataza is now wandering alone in an unfamiliar area and sleeping in a prison yard. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)



A baboon, named Kataza by locals, eats from discarded waste from stores in Tokai, Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Kataza was relocated from Kommetjie, on the edges of Cape Town, to a nearby area late last month after city authorities claimed he was responsible for leading other baboons in his troop on raids through the village. One activist says Kataza is now wandering alone in an unfamiliar area and sleeping in a prison yard. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)


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