By Leon Watson
These X-ray pictures show how a baboon carried out a reign of terror over a city suburb in South Africa - despite being shot more than 50 times.
Vets only discovered the number of wounds after the animal, known as Fred, was captured and killed by the authorities in Cape Town.
His post mortem was captured on camera for a Channel 4 documentary about the animal, which learned how to unzip bags and steal food from cars and houses despite carrying bullets and shotgun pellets around in his head and body.
Thief: Fred was shot more than 50 times after learning how to unzip bags and steal food from cars and houses
X-ray pictures show the baboon's body was left riddled with bullets after it terrorised people living in a South African suburb
By the time Fred was captured, he had bitten several people and even learned to listen for the click of central locking before jumping into cars full of people in search of food.
Vet Mark Evans, who presents Rogue Baboon: An Inside Nature's Giants Special at 9pm tonight, said Fred could 'bite like a lion...run like a cheetah...and rule his troop like a despotic emperor'.
Car-jacker: Fred stole food from cars before he was captured and killed by the authorities in Cape Town
He said the animal behaved like 'the most notorious gangsters', adding: 'Fred became very protective of his patch - anyone standing in his way faced intimidation and violence.'
Nasty: The thieving baboon terrorised people despite being shot more than 50 times
Dangerous: The angry animal the animal behaved like a gangster, authorities said
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
No wonder he was a bit wild! X-rays show 'mobster' baboon who terrorised a city had been shot more than 50 times
By Leon Watson