Young monkey found dead in cage in Lentor

A juvenile Long-tailed Macaque found dead in a large cage in Lentor on May 17, 2018. Photo: ST Reader

By Audrey Tan
17th May 2018;

A young monkey was found dead near private houses in Lentor on Thursday morning (May 17), the latest in a string of cases involving human-wildlife conflict.

The Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis) was found lying in a large makeshift cage by a resident of the area, who then contacted wildlife rescue group Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres).

“We arrived at about 9.15am to find a young Long-tailed Macaque dead with ants on her face,” said Acres deputy chief executive Anbarasi Boopal.

The cause of death was not immediately clear.

But the incident has raised questions over the processes involved in dealing with animals considered a nuisance to humans.

One issue, for example, is how often contractors check traps for ensnared animals, so that an animal does not suffer too long in the cage.

Mr Louis Ng, Acres chief executive and MP for Nee Soon GRC said: “The monkey should not have died this way and the contractor who trapped the monkey should be investigated thoroughly and brought to task.”

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) said it is investigating the case. “We have suspended the contractor while investigations are ongoing,” said the AVA spokesman.

She added that the agency would not hesitate to take strong enforcement action against the contractor if it finds any wrongdoing.

The area where the incident occured is located next to a construction site where a secondary forest used to exist. Works are underway to build private housing in the area.

To save the animals that once lived in the forest, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) in 2016 embarked on a novel wildlife management plan. This involves gradually clearing the land so that animals are herded to nearby green areas, such as the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.

The AVA said it has received feedback from residents and the Neighbourhood Committee at Munshi Abdullah Walk area about a troop of monkeys in the neighbourhood.

Residents had expressed concerns over public safety, said the spokesman.

“AVA conducted surveillance and assessed that the monkeys pose a public safety threat. As such, AVA activated our contractor to conduct trapping operations in the area,” said the AVA.

Ms Boopal said removal should not be the first solution, if the surrounding areas remain suitable habitats for macaques. She urged residents to learn to coexist with wildlife.

“This could be done, for instance, by not feeding the animals or leaving food out, providing less of an incentive for macaques to be around”.

Source: The Straits Times

Around 38 carcasses of Monkeys suspected to have been poisoned were found in an old quarry near Bukit Larut, Taiping on December 21, 2017.
Photo: Marcus Pheong

Malaysia: Troop of Monkeys fatally poisoned near Taiping
By John Bunyan, 21st December 2017;

A herd of 38 monkeys was found dead from suspected poisoning at an old quarry near Bukit Larut, Taiping this morning.

A member of Persatuan Kepolisan Komuniti Aulong Taiping Perak spotted the carcasses and reported it to the authorities today.

The monkeys were believed to be Long-tailed Macaques (Macaca fascicularis).

Taiping Zoo & Night Safari director Dr Kevin Lazarus said they sent veterinarians to the spot after they were informed of the discovery

“Our veterinarians rushed to spot and discovered 38 carcasses of Monkey. We believe the Monkeys were poisoned at a different place and dumped at the quarry.

"We suspected the Monkeys were poisoned as there were no external injuries on the animal.

"We have taken samples from the Monkeys and send it to the laboratory for testing,” he told Malay Mail when contacted.

He also said this was the first incident of such a scale in Taiping

Dr Kevin said they also reported the incident to the Wildlife and National Parks Department for further action.

Source: Malay Mail

Farewell dear Annette, queen of the Hindhede troop – yet another macaque killed on a small road adjacent to the nature reserve

By N. Sivasothi, 14th February 2017;

In 2013, I was delighted to feature a photo of Annette the Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis) of the Hindhede troop, catching forty winks. The then pregnant Annette reminded us of the day to day exploits of our local native primates go through, not unlike ourselves.

Researcher Amanda Tan had shared that image over twitter as she prepared for field studies in Thailand for her graduate work. Similarly, another of Singapore’s ‘monkey girls’, Sabrina Jaafar, shares stories of her encounters with various individuals and troops during her work with monkeys through Facebook.

These primate workers had transformed their study subjects into well-loved individuals who have been followed by many of us, who sit far away in our offices, dreaming of the forest. And their stories have guided my students as well.

The urban animals tough, resourceful or adaptable enough to survive alongside us in urban Singapore face many challenges. Long-tailed Macaques in Singapore face being trapped and killed which has eliminated one-third the population in some years. The native monkeys also face an onslaught by fast traffic on small roads adjacent to nature reserves. Sabrina has chronicled several such tragedies and other primate researches I talk to have noted broken bones and other injuries in study subjects over the years. Her words have not gone unnoticed.

In 2012, naturalists local and overseas were upset to read of the death of Nad, the reigning queen from the Hindhede troop. It was wretched, and should not have happened that close to the nature reserve when cars should be travelling carefully. Then last week (8th February 2017), I discovered that yet again, an avoidable death had occured – Annette, like Nad before her, was mercilessly killed by a speeding car, on a small road next to the nature reserve.

Sabrina and Amanda penned these thoughts, which they agreed to share.

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Yesterday some concerned locals brought a severely injured male Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis) to the WFFT Wildlife Rescue Centre. He had been found unable to move on the ground by the side of a road in Phetchaburi. Our first assumption was that he had been hit by a car, as this is common in this area. After he was given a check over by our team of vets it appears he has no wounds that would indicate he had been hit by a car. Was he beaten by humans? Did he fall from a tree? We do not know. At the moment it seems he is paralyzed throughout the left side of his body.

The Long-tailed Macaque is listed as Least Concern (LC) by the IUCN Red list of Threatened Species, in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, occurrence in a number of protected areas. Although it is under heavy hunting pressure for the pet trade, meat, sport and trophies, this is not considered a major threat to the species overall. Females are often taken into breeding facilities and males are exported internationally primarily for use in laboratory research. They are regularly persecuted as pests. Habitat loss is also a localised threat, but the species can persist in a variety of habitats and very adaptable.

He is currently at the WFFT Wildlife Hospital under intensive care. He is eating well but we are currently feeding him by hand. We have seen Macaques recover from worse injuries so we are at the moment unsure of the future of this little guy. We will keep you posted on his progress.

Source: Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand Facebook

Indonesia: Proboscis Monkey killers arrested: We ate the Monkey
By ProFauna, 15th June 2016;

Remember the photo featuring six young men from West Kalimantan holding a Proboscis Monkey (Nasalis larvatus)? They have been have been put in custody, and we know now that they are working for a timber company in East Kalimantan, Indonesia.

These information was obtained after the Head of West Kalimantan Nature Conservation Agency (BKSDA), Sustyo Iriono, conducted an investigation following the viral photo. After checking on to the suspects’ homes in Sambas, West Kalimantan, turned out that they are currently working for a timber company in East Kalimantan.

According to Sustyo, on Tuesday (13/6/2016), BKSDA in East Kalimantan has made an arrest of the six men based on the information collected by Sustyo’s team.

“On around 11 a.m. (local time), suspects of the Proboscis Monkey killing have been arrested. They admitted the misconduct, and also said that they have eaten the Monkey after posting the photo on Facebook,” said Sustyo.

The suspects were arrested by the joint team of BKSDA and The Ministy of Environment and Forestry’s Law Enforcement Division of Kalimantan in the timber company in Senoni, Lebak Silong village, Sebuluh district, Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan.

“They were brought in for questioning and further investigation by the SPORC, and we are coordinating with the police department and district court about this case. The evidence we have now are only their cellphones and weapons,” added Sustyo.

The six men are Adam (in the photo, the one wearing black hat and also the one who uploaded the photo), Apri (shirtless, red pants), Ato (white t-shirt, blue pants), Inal (green t-shirt), Intat (shirtless, black pants), and Bayong (white-stripped jacket), all come from the same neighborhood in West Kalimantan.

Source: ProFauna

Indonesia: Six Proboscis Monkey killers identified
By ProFauna, 15th June 2016;

The whereabouts of six alleged killers of a Proboscis Monkey (Nasalis larvatus) who uploaded their photo on a Facebook profile named Adam Usu Fairus on June 2016 have finally been identified. The gruesome photo went viral on the internet after PROFAUNA also spread the words and ask for anyone to come forward if they have any info about those person.

According to the Head of West Kalimantan Nature Conservation Agency, Sustyo Iriyono, all suspects are originally from Semantir, Mekar Sekuntum village, Galing district, Sambas, West Kalimantan. However, they are currently working for a timber company in East Kalimantan.

The killing took place near their workplace, and currently the agency is investigating the case involving a protected wildlife species.

“Our team is also on it,” said the Head of East Kalimantan Nature Conservation Agency, Sunandar Trigunajasa, to PROFAUNA.

Meanwhile, Bayu Sandi, the coordinator of PROFAUNA Borneo added, “Acts of killing or abuse of wildlife uploaded on social media must be taken seriously and given fair penalty to pose a deterrent effect to the offenders. This also would prevent other people from doing the same thing.”

Source: ProFauna

Thailand: Some 50 Monkeys crushed to death by a fallen big tree
14th June 2016;

About 50 Long-tailed Macaques (Macaca fascicularis) were crushed to death under the weight of a huge Prado tree which fell onto the lawn of a school in Chanthaburi’s Muang district early Tuesday morning.

Mr. Rangsan Kumtrakul, director of Khao Wongkot School, said it was lucky that the incident occurred during the early hours of Tuesday otherwise many students would have been hurt or killed had the incident occurred during the daytime.

He suspected that the ground where the huge tree stood might have softened after heavy rains in the past few days and then loosened up and collapsed while many Monkeys were asleep on the tree.

Altogether 52 Monkeys, including several young ones, were found dead on the ground.

Mr Rangsan, however, admitted that he felt saddened with the death of so many Monkeys in one occasion because they have been in the school for a long time.

With the help of students and employees, the dead Monkeys which included several adults and babies, were taken away for burial.

Several Monkeys were found injured from the incident and the school had sought help from provincial officials to take care of the injured Macaques.

Source: Thai PBS