A male totally protected proboscis Monkey died due to severe injuries caused by dog bites.Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) received a report from a concerned public that a proboscis monkey was attacked by a group of stray dogs at Kem Permai’s beach yesterday.
Upon arrival, our SWAT team discovered multiple dog bites on its head and right shoulder, which (may have) caused its death. Our forensic team took back the carcass for further investigation and will be preserved for taxonomic study. The exhibit will be placed either at Bako National Park or Matang Wildlife Centre for educational purposes.
The Controller of Wild Life, Zolkipli Mohamad Aton, who is also the SFC CEO, felt sad about the totally protected animal’s death. The numbers of Proboscis Monkeys left in the wild today are less than 1000, and it has been dropping over the past 30 years. This might eventually lead to the extinction of the species.
SFC will collaborate with other relevant authorities to remove the stray dogs from the beach to avoid the same incident happened again. Members of the public who have information on protected wildlife are encouraged to report through SFC hotlines – Kuching (019-8859996), Sibu (019-8883561), Bintulu (019-8332737), Miri (019-8290994).