The monkey found with an injury from a fish hook that was part of a trap set in Verulam.

DURBAN - An injured monkey has been found battling to free itself from a trap make from fish hooks at a property in Verulam, according to Monkey Helpline.

Rusa spokesman Prem Balram said a municipal working working at an adjacent property spotted the monkey and reported it to the  security company.

“The monkey was freed from the trap and placed in a  wooden box for her safety,” said Balram.

“Several metres of fishing line with approximately 50 large fishing hooks were found tied from one end of the property to the other. It is believed that the trap was set by a tenant to trap the monkeys.”

The animal, which had suffered severe mouth injuries, was taken to a vet.

Balram said the incident happened in Buffelsdaai Road in Verulam, on Thursday.

It follows an incident not far away, in Umdloti, in which several monkeys were poisoned to death at the weekend. Others from the troop are undergoing treatment.

Fourteen survived and remain in their territory and will be joined by those undergoing treatment when they are released, said Monkey Helpline’s Carol Booth.

The Independent on Saturday