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Adult Male Long-tailed Macaque Undergoes Emergency Surgery

A few days ago we were called out to the aid of an adult male long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) in need of emergency medical treatment. He was found unable to move on the floor next to a busy road, by concern local man who then contacted us. The WFFT Wildlife Rescue Team headed out immediately to try and help this macaque. He was transported to the WFFT Wildlife Rescue Centre for further medical treatment.

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.

Upon arrival to the WFFT Wildlife Rescue Hospital he was given a full check over. It seems he has been attacked by a feral dog, this has resulted in numerous deep bite wounds around his abdomen, with deep lacerations in his muscles. The team performed surgery to close up the wounds and repair the damage to his muscles. After a few days at WFFT this big boy is improving and gaining strength. We are hopeful that in a few weeks he will be able to return back to the wild. We will keep you posted on his progress.

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