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Dog Attack Muntjac Rescued

A few days ago an injured Southern red muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak curvostylis) was brought into to the WFFT Wildliife Hospital for urgent treatment after being attacked by a domestic dog. He had sustained numerous deep bite wounds, the vet team cleaned the wounds and stitched them up.

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists the Southern red muntjac as Least Concern (LC), because it remains common throughout most of its range, is resilient to hunting and increases in numbers with logging and presumably other forms of forest disruption, and survives even almost complete conversion of forest to at least some crop plantations. The coming years will see further fragmentation and if hunting continues at current high levels, wider declines and a higher frequency of local extinction than has so far occurred.

We have named him Keng. Keng is now recovering in an open forest enclosure at the WFFT Wildlife Rescue Centre. We are hopeful he will make a full recovery.

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