|Volunteers rescue a crab-eating mongoose from a beer can trap in the Sơn Trà Nature Reserve today. — VNS Photo Huyền Trang|
ĐÀ NẴNG — Staff and volunteers at the Centre of Biodiversity Conservation (GreenViet) rescued a crab-eating mongoose from a beer can trap in the Sơn Trà Nature Reserve today.
GreenViet rescuer Nguyễn Thị Huyền Trang told Việt Nam News that the animal was found with its head stuck in a can near an old helipad on Sơn Trà Mountain.
Trang said she and other volunteers cut the can to rescue the animal before releasing it safely back into nature.
She said many cans, rubbish and food were littered throughout the reserve by visitors, and volunteers spent hours collecting bags of garbage every Sunday.
According to GreenViet, the crab-eating mongoose was listed as a Least Concern species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The Sơn Trà Nature Reserve, known for its rich biodiversity, is home to 1,300 red-shanked doucs, a kind of langur that was declared endangered by the IUCN in 2013.
Six monkeys were killed by motorcyclists in 2015-17, and two cases of illegal hunting were uncovered in the area, with two red-shanked douc langurs killed for money.
Thousands of traps had been dismantled by rangers and volunteers during previous two years.
GreenViet has been co-operating with the Frankfurt Zoological Society of Germany, the San Diego Zoo Global of the United States and IUCN to protect the red-shanked douc langur in the Sơn Trà Nature Reserve in Đà Nẵng. — VNS