The WFFT Wildlife Rescue Team received a call from some concerned locals that had found a young female long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) that had been electrocuted and had fallen to the ground. The team headed straight out to help this little monkey. During the initial health check no visible signs of major injuries were seen. She was taken straight back to the WFFT Wildlife Hospital for further assessments.
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 are very adaptable.
After spending a fews days under the care of the team at the WFFT Wildlife Hospital this little monkey is doing well. It seems she is one is one of the luckier victims of human-wildlife conflict. She will be kept under supervision over the coming days and released back to the wild when she has regained her strength.