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Baby monkey rescued by citizen from banks of highway

Villahermosa, Tabasco — A baby monkey found along a highway in Villahermosa has been handed over to federal environmental officers.

The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection says they received a baby Howler Monkey from a citizen who found him along the side of a Villahermosa-Escárcega highway. Federal staff say the young monkey was transferred to the Centro de Interpretación de la Naturaleza YUMKA.

Staff there determined the young monkey was about one month old, noting that he was suffering from a high degree of malnutrition as well as diarrhea, and was to remain under observation to receive medical attention and recovery.

In Mexico there are two species of Howler Monkey, both of which are listed in the official Mexican Standard in the category of Endangered Extinction.

There was no word on the possible whereabouts of the young monkey’s mother.