SANDAKAN – An oil palm smallholder Wednesday handed over to the Sandakan Wildlife Department a baby monkey that he found in his family smallholding in Kampung Tanjung Pisau near here.
Ahmad Yassier Daning handed over the two-month-old pig-tailed macaque to the department’s head of the enforcement unit, Richard Jaikim, at the department.
He had originally thought of keeping the monkey that he found on Monday but was advised against retaining the protected animal.
Sandakan Wildlife Officer Hussein Muin said the monkey would be sent to the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre where it would be cared for before being released into the Sepilok Forest Reserve.
He said it was an offence under the Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997 to keep protected animals.