In another tale of wild animals in the city, authorities from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) retrieved two illegally kept monkeys in Sta. Mesa, Manila.
The primates, identified as long-tailed macaques, were found in captivity after a concerned citizen filed a report through DENR National Capital Region’s social media hotline.
The report said that the monkeys have started to become aggressive, posing danger to the public, likely a stress-related response due to being held in captivity.
The Philippine long-tailed macaques are endemic to forests and woodlands in the Philippines, particularly mangrove forests in Palawan, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Long-tailed macaques are classified as “vulnerable” under the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species.