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First rescued monkey released back into the wild

SINGAPORE — A rescued long-tailed macaque was released at the MacRitchie Reservoir Park this morning (Oct 8) by the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) — the first rescue, rehabilitation and release operation of an injured monkey in Singapore.

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SINGAPORE — A rescued long-tailed macaque was released at the MacRitchie Reservoir Park this morning (Oct 8) by the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) — the first rescue, rehabilitation and release operation of an injured monkey in Singapore.

About 6 weeks ago, ACRES was alerted to an injured female macaque — known as Mia — at MacRitchie Reservoir Park by members of the public.

Mia was found with a shattered pelvis and serious injuries in her left leg, and was removed on Aug 23 for surgery, a month-long veterinary treatment and rehabilitation.

This is also the first rescue mission led by a new Macaque Rescue Team that was set up by ACRES last month, to respond to conflicts between the macaques and people.

With only two full-time staff on the team, the rescue team currently handles the 24-hour hotline for macaque issues, among other responsibilities.

Mr Louis Ng, the Chief Executive at ACRES said, “Mia’s case highlights the fact that people in Singapore do care about and want to protect monkeys.”

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