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.

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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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