Baboon rescuer fights for her life
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, October 2006:
CAPE TOWN–Baboon rescuer Jenni Trethowan, 45, was
hospitalized in Contantiberg under heavy sedation in early September,
suffering from central nervous system damage including “violent
spasms, balance problems while walking, and a slurring of speech,”
reported John Yeld of the Cape Town Argus on September 9.
“Trethowan is believed to have been affected by dieldrin,”
an insecticide banned more than 25 years ago, Yeld wrote, “after
handling three young baboons from the Slangkop troop who all died
after being poisoned with the same deadly substance–probably
deliberately,” in mid-August.
“Her husband Ian said she was hooked to an EEG mach-ine,
linked to a video camera, and was being constantly monitored,” Yeld