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One-footed monkey attacks residents in Ho Chi Minh City

One-footed monkey attacks residents in Ho Chi Minh City

Monday, November 15, 2021, 12:22 GMT+7
One-footed monkey attacks residents in Ho Chi Minh City
This collage shows a wild amputated monkey that attacked local residents and the injured hand of one of its victims in District 12, Ho Chi Minh City.

Rangers in Ho Chi Minh City have caught a wild one-footed monkey after monkey bite cases were reported in District 12 last week.

The rangers lured the monkey with fruit and used a specialized gun to anesthetize it on Saturday morning.

The monkey has been sent to the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station in the namesake district for further care in accordance with regulations.

Its first victim was Luong Minh Tuan, a 36-year-old manager of a wood product workshop on TX25 Street in District 12's Thanh Xuan Ward.

A male primate jumped from a tree and bit Tuan’s pants, causing slight scratches to his skin, before disappearing on November 10, he recounted.

The monkey reappeared on the next afternoon and bit Th., a worker at Tuan’s workshop, leaving deep wounds in his arms and leading to him bleeding profusely.

The wild animal once again ran away as Tuan appeared to check on Th., who was then given first aid and had his wounds bandaged.

Another person also fell victim to the monkey at a recreational fishing establishment next to the wood workshop on November 12, according to Tuan.

The monkey is a long-tailed macaque with long fangs, weighing about seven kilograms, with an amputated right foot, according to an official from the Ho Chi Minh City forest protection bureau.

“According to our observations, this male monkey is estimated to be about ten years old,” the official said. 

“It is not clear why the animal has an amputated foot.”

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