Rangers in Ho Chi Minh City received on Monday a rare, endangered monkey that a resident of Binh Chanh District had raised at their home for a decade.
Dinh Minh Canh, living in Tan Quy Tay Commune, Binh Chanh, handed over the pig-tailed macaque to the Ho Chi Minh City forest protection bureau, whose officials then anesthetized and transported it to the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station in the namesake district for further care in accordance with regulations.
The male primate, weighing about nine kilograms, is classified as a rare, endangered forest animal.
Canh said that a relative of his began keeping the monkey about ten years ago.
After the relative passed away, he took care of the wild animal without acknowledging its roots.
|A ranger watches a pig-tailed macaque caged at the house of Dinh Minh Canh in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, April 18, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre
While Canh let the monkey out of his cage to clean the cage on April 11, it bit his leg several times.
Canh affirmed that the monkey had never bitten anyone before that time.
After treating his wounds, Canh decided to hand over the primate to authorities.
“A person asked to buy the monkey but I didn’t agree,” Canh said.
“I want to send this monkey to the authorities so it can live better.”
|A ranger carries a tortoise handed over by a resident of Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, April 18, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre
After spending time at the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station, the monkey will be released into the wild.
On Monday, the Ho Chi Minh City forest protection bureau also received another three-kilogram long-tailed macaque and a 19-kilogram tortoise from residents.
On the occasion, forest protection officials warned people against raising wild animals at home without approval from authorities.