Endangered primates seized from bus in central Vietnam

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Traffic police in the central province of Nghe An on Thursday seized two endangered macaques from a long-haul bus, online newspaper VnExpress reported.

A group of traffic cops stopped the bus for inspections and found two stump-tailed macaques kept in an iron cage inside the bus.

Hoang Dinh Huong, the 34-year-old bus driver, told police he was hired by a stranger to transport the primates from Nghe An to Hanoi.

Police then handed over the macaques to local forest protection department.

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The stump-tailed macaque (Macaca arctoides), also called the bear macaque, is a species of macaque found in Southern Asia.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed the species as "Vulnerable".

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