Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Surgery on endangered monkey successful in Vietnam

Veterinarians in Vietnam have successfully performed surgery on an endangered red-shanked Douc langur whose foot was broken in a trap, wildlife researchers said Tuesday.

The surgery, lasting 2 hours, set the bones in the 5-year-old female's left foot on Monday, days after the injured monkey was brought to the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre, according to Elke Schwierz, head animal keeper at the centre.

'She looks quite well. Better than I expected,' Schwierz said Tuesday.

The langur, which was wearing a cast Tuesday, should recover some use of the foot, she said. 'For walking, yes. For climbing, we'll have to see.'

The langur is one of two seized by authorities in central Vietnam earlier this month.


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