|A male stump-tailed macaque is leased into the Bà Nà-Núi Chúa nature reserve after treatment at Đà Nẵng City's Trường Sơn Việt veterinary clinic. — VNS Photo Bùi Thanh Lang
ĐÀ NẴNG — A male stump-tailed macaque, or Macaca arctoides, has been released into the wild of the Bà Nà-Núi Chúa nature reserve after undergoing nine days of treatment at the central city-based Trường Sơn Việt veterinary clinic.
A source from the Douc Langur Foundation said the monkey, which was listed in Việt Nam's Red Book in 2000 as a vulnerable species (VU) by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), was hit by a car in the Sơn Trà Nature reserve 11 days ago.
It was then rescued by volunteers and rangers of the Sơn Trà-Ngũ Hành Sơn sub-department.
|Rangers return a monkey at the Bà Nà-Núi Chúa Nature reserve in Đà Nẵng. — VNS Photo Bùi Thanh Lang
The foundation said the monkey, which would had been in captivity for a long time at a household, was found seeking food from visitors in Sơn Trà Nature reserve.
Bùi Thanh Lang, a volunteer and photographer in Đà Nẵng, said a resident, who captured the monkey as a pet, had released it into the Sơn Trà reserve, but it was not the usual habitat of the monkey.
He said the 7kg monkey could not seek food in Sơn Trà reserve, and it collected food from visitors. Some conflicts between the monkey and visitors had happened days before.
Bà Nà-Núi Chúa Nature Reserve was home to several stump-tailed macaques.
Two monkeys had been rescued and released by rangers in September and October. — VNS