Rare gibbon saved from hunters in central Vietnam

By Hien Cu, Thanh Nien News

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A baby white-cheeked gibbon plays with a teddy bear after rescued to a forest rangers station in Quang Ngai Province on July 13, 2016. Photo: Hien Cu/Thanh Nien A baby white-cheeked gibbon plays with a teddy bear after rescued to a forest rangers station in Quang Ngai Province on July 13, 2016. Photo: Hien Cu/Thanh Nien

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A baby gibbon from a rare species was rescued from hunters in central Vietnam Wednesday and is now in good care.
Forest rangers in Quang Ngai Province said they have received the 7-month-old gibbon of the northern white-cheeked species (Nomascus leucogenys) from a commune official, who paid for the animal to save it.
The rangers will send it to a national park in the north for proper care before releasing it back to nature.
The white-cheeked gibbon is now found only in Vietnam and Laos, living in primary evergreen forest. Its number is threatened by poaching and habitat loss.

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