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Hiker finds monkey with toes caught in animal trap

Hiker finds monkey with toes caught in animal trap

5/12/2021 1:42:00 AM

Hiker finds monkey with toes caught in animal trap

The protected Formosan rock macaque was then spotted limping after it freed itself from the steel trap, severing three of its toes in the process.

According to the NGO, park rangers arrived to find the macaque gone. By the time the animal was found the next day, the trap had already fallen off and three toes of its left foot had been severed.Disturbing images showed the exposed bones on the primate's injured foot, while a video showed the animal alive and limping around on its three other limbs.

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Warning: The picture below shows an injured monkey in graphic detail and could be disturbing to some readers.A Formosan rock macaque with three severed left toes after being caught in an illegal animal trap inside Shoushan National Nature Park in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on May 8, 2021.

Association for Coexistence with Macaca cyclopisAs the wound appeared dry, veterinarians would not intervene for the time being but would continue to monitor the animal, the non-profit said. The group of macaques living in the park is highly alert to humans, and the association did not wish to cause the monkeys further distress, it explained. headtopics.com

"If the wound remains free of infection, it will heal over," said the association's secretary-general Lin Mei-yin toldNewsweek."The remaining toes on its left foot may eventually atrophy."Hung Chi-yuan, deputy director of the national park's headquarters, told Taipei-based

United Daily Newsthat the Shoushan Formosan rock macaque population numbers around 1,000.The trap was likely laid to catch stray dogs and not aimed at trapping monkeys, Hung said. While there was little evidence to go by, the park was working with local authorities to find the perpetrator, he added.

This image taken on May 9, 2021, shows a Formosan rock macaque with three severed left toes after having been caught in an illegal animal trap inside Shoushan National Nature Park in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on May 8, 2021.Association for Coexistence with Macaca cyclopis

Regardless of the intended target, trapping is prohibited in the country, Lin noted."It would be an indiscriminate attack whether it was used on a wild animal or a stray one," she said.Lin said a number of macaques had been wounded by traps in recent years. She urged the park to introduce policies to root out the incidents. headtopics.com

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Lin Mei-yin (C-R), secretary-general of the Association for Coexistence with Macaca cyclopis, gives a guided tour to visitors inside Shoushan National Nature Park in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.Association for Coexistence with Macaca cyclopisTrapping has been outlawed in Taiwan for over a decade. According to the Kaohsiung agriculture bureau, harming a Formosan rock macaque is a violation of the island's Wildlife Conservation Act and carries a fine of between NT$60,000 and NT$300,000 (around $2,150 and $10,750).

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