Animal activists asked the truck driver and the cleaner how the duo got the monkey, but they couldn’t give a satisfactory answer and said the monkey was their pet. (Representative image) | Photo credit: BCCL
- The simian was successfully rescued by animal rights activists.
- Forestry officials have been informed that the baby monkey has been placed under observation.
Navi Bombay: In a shocking incident reported by Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra, a baby monkey was chained to the back of a truck at the APMC market in Vashi. The simian was successfully rescued by animal rights activists.
Later, the forest officers were informed of the baby monkey which was put under observation.
Ashish Bhanushali, who works at the APMC market, called animal rights activists from the Bhumi Jeevdaya Samvardhan Trust and informed them of the plight of the baby monkeys, according to a Times of India report.
“I received a call from Ashish Bhanushali that a baby monkey was seen attached to a chain to a truck in the grain market section on Friday afternoon. I then called the APMC police and arrived on site to check on the animal. The monkey looked stressed despite not being in its natural environment,” the report quoted Sagar Salva, an animal rights activist, as saying.
A wildlife rescuer Sahil Sheikh was also called to the scene. Sagar also called Thane forest officer Darshan Murkute. The officer then allowed Sagar to take custody of the baby monkey and monitor its health.
Animal activists asked the truck driver and the cleaner how the duo got the monkey, but they couldn’t give a satisfactory answer and said the monkey was their pet.
The duo then handed the monkey over to animal activists after being told the animal is a protected species and falls under the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972. According to the activists, the duo also told them that monkeys were being sold in several parts of Uttar Pradesh. .