|A representative from the Huế Forest Management Unit (left) receives the pig-tailed macaque from the Huế Pet Relief Society. — Photo dantri.com.vn|Viet Nam News
THỪA THIÊN-HUẾ — The Huế City Forest Management Unit in the central province of Thừa Thiên-Huế on Sunday received a rare pig-tailed macaque from the Huế Pet Relief Society.
The macaque weighed 7kg and was covered in light brown fur.
Trần Văn Sơn, head of the Huế Pet Relief Society, said that a resident living on Minh Mạng Road in Huế City attempted to sell the macaque on social media. The members of the society agreed to donate money to buy and save the animal.
The municipal Forest Management Unit will release it into the forest.
The macaque, whose scientific name is Macaca leonina is listed in the Việt Nam Red Data Book, which is a list of rare and endangered species of fauna and flora native to the country. The number of macaques has decreased recently as their habitat has been damaged, forest areas are increasingly encroached and destroyed, and they are hunted for sale and export. — VNS