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White-faced monkey rescued from captivity in northern Huila

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White-faced monkey rescued from captivity in northern Huila

The primate was tied with a dog collar and showed obvious signs of malnutrition due to a poor diet.

In a joint operation between the Alto Magdalena Regional Autonomous Corporation-CAM and the National Police, a white-faced monkey that had been captive for four years in the patio of a house in the municipality of Colombia, north of Huila, was released.

According to Felipe Triana, CAM veterinarian, the rescue was carried out thanks to a citizen’s complaint. concerned about the conditions in which the animal was found. After receiving the notice, the authorities proceeded to recover the white-faced monkey, which had been transferred from the department of Arauca when it was still a baby.

Once released, the primate was transferred to the CAM Wildlife Pass Home in Neiva, where he received veterinary care and was evaluated by wildlife specialists. Due to its state of malnutrition, the animal will begin a rehabilitation process that will include a balanced diet and biological treatments to regain its weight and health.

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Mario Enrique Suárez, CAM wildlife professional, explained that the white-faced monkey, accustomed to human contact, will be subjected to an artificial breeding process to recover behaviors typical of its species.. Once rehabilitated, it will be transferred to the Wildlife Care and Assessment Center in Teruel, where it will be able to interact with specimens of its species before being returned to its natural habitat.

In addition to concern for the animal’s well-being, the environmental authorities of Huila emphasized the seriousness of having wild animals in captivity, remembering that this practice constitutes an environmental crime according to Colombian regulations. Behind these seizures, Triana highlighted, are sad stories of animals separated from their mothers, who are often sacrificed in the process.

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In this sense, the CAM called on the community to refrain from keeping wild animals in captivity, remembering that this action can carry penalties of up to 11 years in prison and significant fines. Likewise, the importance of these species in ecosystems was highlighted, as they play fundamental functions in seed dispersal and control of populations of small vertebrates.

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