A year and a half ago, a male long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) named Ooo (regarding the sounds he is making) was ‘adopted’ by a local family. They got Ooo after his mother had died. The poor orphan monkey would have been a similar age to Pearl when he was taken from the wild (see full story here: https://www.wfft.org/wildlife-general/meet-pearl-another-broken-soul-will-break-heart/), another victim of pet trade!.
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.
Shortly after arrival from a Bangkok back garden he was taken straight into the WFFT Quarantine Facility as he was stressed. He said good bye to his ‘owners’, his new life now begins. The WFFT Vet Team performed a full health check the following day. Apart from the fact that he has some serious psychological issues from being kept alone for so long, he seems in good health. In a few weeks once he has been given the all clear he will once again be able to meet with his own species, and hopefully from some lifelong friendships.
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