A visitor spotted the Formosan rock monkey – also known as a Taiwanese macaque – at the Renshan Botanical Garden in Yilan, a county in eastern Taiwan this week. Lu Cheng-lin, who was hiking in the park, stopped to take a picture of the creature thinking he was a rare bright-red species of monkey. But upon closer look through his camera lens, he realised the creature was a victim of a sick prank. Lu said: “It looked sad and lonely.”
Experts believe the monkey suffered from trauma following the cruel abuse, and said he was most likely excluded from his tribe because of his fur colour.
Officials with the Yilan County Agriculture Department believe local farmers captured the monkey by force and spray painted his fur red in a sick act of abuse.
A team of experts have been sent to Renshan Botanical Garden to find the macaque and monitor his condition.
Authorities are not certain if the macaque is being excluded from his tribe, or if his fur colour puts him in danger to other predators.
The perpetrators will face a fine of up to £7,445 (300,000 TWD) for violating Taiwan’s Animal Protection Act, Taiwan’s Agriculture Department said.
Earlier this week, six swans were found shot and decapitated at an outdoor water park.
The birds’ bodies were found with missing heads at Sandy Water Park in Llanelli, Dyfed and were believed to have been killed by airgun pellets and a ball bearing.
Authorities believe the birds were devoured by animals who discovered their remains.
RSPCA Inspector Keith Hogben, who is investigating the incident, said: “These six swans were found to be decapitated with their necks and heads found close by.
“To try and find out what happened, one of the dead swans was sent away for a post mortem examination, which found that the swan had been shot in the head and body by a BB gun and an airgun. The swan was then most likely predated upon, hence the decapitation.”