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Aggressive monkey at Bukit Panjang finally caught

No more monkeying around.

Guan Zhen Tan | May 3, 2017 @ 10:34 am

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Residents in the Segar area of Bukit Panjang can now breathe a sigh of relief.

The elusive and aggressive long-tailed macaque has finally been caught after two weeks of efforts to capture it, as announced by Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) in this Facebook post:

According to Lianhe Zaobao, Holland-Bukit Panjang GRC Member of Parliament Liang Eng Hwa said in an interview that the monkey was caught on May 2 at 6.45pm.

Personnel from the AVA, Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) and the Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) were deployed to the scene.

The monkey had climbed onto the facade of Block 469, and proceeded to a corner, allowing the team to shoot a tranquilliser dart in time, resulting in a successful capture as it fell onto a netting set up by the authorities.

The wild macaque has since been brought to the Singapore Zoo for treatment, and will subsequently be handed over to ACRES, to be rehabilitated and then relocated.

Previously, the monkey had brutally attacked an old man, stole food from homes, bitten residents and scratched children.

There were about 160 incidents related to nuisance or harassment by monkeys reported to the AVA in the last six months from the area, causing the situation to be deemed a “public safety risk”.

Multiple attempts to catch the monkey had also proven unsuccessful, due to the monkey’s quick and elusive nature.

It is believed that feeding and harassment had caused the monkey to turn aggressive over time, as it was conditioned to human feeding and therefore entering homes.

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Top image via AVA’s Official Facebook page

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