“Some tried to open the door to release him, while others displayed threatening behaviour towards us by grunting and showing their teeth and making their eyes wide open and coming towards us,” Wright said. “Vervet monkeys have huge canine teeth that are razor-sharp and would inflict serious damage if they bite you.”
Despite the dangers, the rescue team didn’t waste a minute — they sedated Pearce, wrapped him up in a warm blanket and drove him to a vet clinic, where he got 10 stitches. Then Pearce went to the Umsizi Vervet Rescue Center to recover, though he used every opportunity to act up for the rescue team.
“He was very confident and very cheeky, and he would show his frustration by throwing his blankets around as well as his water bowl,” Wright said.