Taiwan county wants to catch red monkey to wash off toxic dye

Animal might face rejection by other Taiwanese macaques

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/04/05
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – After visitors to a park in Dongshan reported they had seen a

A Taiwanese macaque dyed red turned up in Yilan County Thursday (photo by Lu Cheng-lin) (By Central News Agency)

monkey covered in red paint, the Yilan County authorities said they would try and catch it to wash off the potentially toxic dye.

A group of friends were on their way to a mountain hike Thursday morning when they spotted about 20 Taiwanese macaques at the Renshan Botanical Garden, the Central News Agency reported.

One of the monkeys looked completely red, making the passersby think at first that it was a different species of animal.

Officials at the county department for agricultural affairs said that if a monkey had been attacked by humans, it would have run away and any paint would have left uneven marks over its body. However, in this case, the macaque looked red from top to bottom, raising the suspicion that somebody had first caught the animal and then sprayed it with paint, according to CNA.

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