Endangered monkeys, bear rescued from homes, restaurants

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Ten monkeys of an endangered species raised by families and restaurants in the central region city of Hue were transferred Thursday to a wildlife rescue center in Hanoi, VnExpress reported.


Forest rangers of Thua Thien-Hue Province and volunteers from Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV) brought the monkeys, listed in Vietnam Red Book, to Soc Son Rescue Center in Hanoi.


The officials said the monkeys have been raised in captivity for a long time and couldn't be returned to the wild immediately.


Ho Van Phuoc, head of the Nature Reserve Section at the province Forest Management Department, said they were taken to Hanoi because rescue centers in the province had no more space.


ENV volunteers have been persuading the residents to return the monkeys after spotting them in the homes of seven residents and restaurants since 2008.


On Thursday, the forest rangers of Thua Thien-Hue also transferred a Malayan bear to Tam Dao National Park in the northern province of Vinh Phuc.


The bear was found earlier this week in a local home, weighing around 60-70 kilograms and in good health.


The Malayan bear is listed in Vietnam Red Book as a precious species that cannot be used for commercial purposes.


Raising the bear in captivity without permission from authorities is illegal.


In 2007, the International Union for Conservation of Nature reclassified the bear from "data deficient" to "vulnerable" status.


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