Endangered monkey strays into home, handed over to forest rangers

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Forest rangers in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Tri said Monday they are in possession of an endangered douc langur that had strayed and was caught in a local resident's house last week.

On Friday afternoon Nguyen Van Thanh, 49, saw a monkey running into the front yard of his house in a village in Hai Lang District.

He and other family members managed to catch the 20-kilogram male animal, and handed it over to the district Forest Protection Bureau, which identified it as the red-shanked douc (Pygathrix nemaeus), which is thought to live only in northern and central Vietnam and Laos.


The creature is in good health, according to the bureau, which has informed the province Forest Protection Department and is awaiting instructions.

Listed as "endangered" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the red-shanked douc is also protected under Vietnamese law.

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