Rare gibbon found killed in central Vietnam, baby rescued

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Forest rangers in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong Tuesday seized a baby gibbon and a carcass thought to be of that its mother from a local family, Vietnam News Agency reported.

They found the endangered yellow-cheeked crested gibbons in the Huynh De family's house in Phuoc Loc commune following a tip-off.

The baby was found in the garden with an injury on its arm, while a part of the adult's carcass and some meat were found in a fridge.

The mother had been poached and killed not long before the raid, Dung said.

In Vietnam yellow-cheeked crested gibbons are categorized as rare and endangered, he added.

The animal, which is found in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, is also categorized as "endangered" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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It is believed to be the most common of the crested gibbons in Vietnam, but a 2003 report said that five of 15 areas where they had been endemic no longer held any populations.

The major threats to the animal in Vietnam are the pet trade, farm encroachment, and logging, the IUCN added.

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