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Endangered monkey bought for $15, released into forest

Endangered monkey bought for $15, released into forest

Sunday, September 22, 2013, 10:50 GMT+7

A junior high-school teacher in the central highlands province of Kon Tum has bought an endangered monkey from two local young hunters and released it back into the wild.

Previously, two young men carrying a monkey on their bike arrived at Mang But junior high-school in Kon Plong district’s Mang But commune where biology teacher Tran Quoc Viet is working.

Finding it an endangered monkey, Viet paid the duo VND300,000 (roughly US$15) in exchange for the animal.

The monkey is identified as the gray-shanked douc langur (Pygathrix cinerea) which is listed in Vietnam’s Red Book of endangered and threatened species.

Viet released the monkey into a primeval forest in Kon Plong district’s Dak Rin commune on Sept. 20.

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