MIRI: A long-tail macaque that got trapped in a building after wandering into a recreation centre near Miri city on Thursday (July 2) was safely rescued.
Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) chief executive officer Zolkipli Mohamad Aton on Friday (July 3) said the rescue was carried out by the Miri Civil Defence personnel.
"The Civil Defence in Miri received an alert for help from the staff of the recreation centre (located about 10km from the city) after they found the macaque inside the building.
"The macaque wandered into the place probably because its natural habitat had been fragmented by development projects.
"The Civil Defence team managed to catch the macaque and later handed it over to our SFC staff," he said.
Zolkipli said the adult macaque would be released into the forests in the Lambir National Park located about 30km from here.
He called on members of the public to alert the SFC offices if they find any wildlife in their vicinity.
He said those with information regarding the capture, hunting or trading of wildlife should also call the SFC hotlines.
These SFC hotlines are in Kuching (019-8859996,013-8110150) in Sibu (019-8883561) in Bintulu (019-8223449,019-8332737) and in Miri (019-8224566,019-8290994).
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