Resident hands over endangered primate to central Vietnam national park

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The Pu Mat National Park in the central province of Nghe An has received an endangered primate handed over by a local resident, newswire VnExpress reported Thursday.

Park authorities said the northern pig-tailed macaque was brought to the park's rescue center on October 6 by Nguyen Dinh Vy, a resident in Nghi Loc District, after he was persuaded to do so by a volunteer of the Vietnamese NGO Education for Nature-Vietnam (ENV).

The macaque had been kept in captivity in Vy's house.

The 2.5-kilogram macaque is  reported to be in good health.

The animal will stay at the rescue center till it adapts well to natural environment and will be released into the wild later.

The northern pig-tailed macaque (Macaca leonina) is a species of primate in the Cercopithecidae family. It is found in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

It is listed as a "vulnerable" species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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