Male monkey bites people in Vietnam

Male monkey bites people in Vietnam
A Macaque leaping off.

Forest rangers from the Son Tra-Ngu Hanh Son Forest Protection department are trying to capture a male monkey (Macaca leonia) after it bit some tourists, an official said yesterday.

The monkey had scared tourists on the Ban Co Mountain in Son Tra peninsula, the Deputy Head of the Department, Le Phuoc Bay, said yesterday.

He said the monkey had appeared in the area few days ago and bitten some tourists when they tried to give him some food.

"We tried to capture it, but it was difficult to approach the animal and capture him. He will probably starve because there is no food in the area," Bay said.

The mountain located 600 metres above sea level is one of the most visited sites in the peninsula and enjoys good traffic.

Bui Van Tuan, a biologist from the Centre of Biodiversity Conservation, GreenViet, said the male monkey would have to be captured and transported in a cage because Son Tra Mountain is not its natural habitat.

He explained that tourists would continue to annoy the monkey by trying to feed it.

"The monkey is very aggressive, and any overtures from humans might trigger defensive actions. It needs to be cared for at a wild animal rescue centre before being released into the forest," Tuan said.

The Son Tra nature reserve is home to 200 langurs.

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