Authorities on the trail for violent monkeys on the loose in Isabela City, Basilan | Inquirer News
Close  

Authorities on the trail for violent monkeys on the loose in Isabela City, Basilan

/ 03:16 PM November 18, 2020
long-tailed monkeys

One of the long-tailed monkeys on the loose in Isabela City, Basilan. Photo courtesy of Isabela City DRRMO

ZAMBOANGA CITY –– Apart from the coronavirus, there is another threat that’s keeping people inside their homes in Isabela City in Basilan.

Local officials are searching for monkeys on the loose that have so far bitten at least six people.

ADVERTISEMENT

Jamju Rivera, Isabela City’s disaster risk reduction and management officer, said most of those bitten by the monkeys are children.

They were on a rampage in the villages of Aguada and Riverside, said Rivera.

FEATURED STORIES

“We already caught two monkeys, all long-tailed macaques. They are not pets. They just appeared in populated areas and started attacking children,” Rivera noted.

Rivera added that two were already captured, sedated for three hours,  and brought to a forest park in Maligue village, about 12 kilometers from the city proper.

The first reported attack by the monkeys was on Saturday, Nov. 14. Three children were bitten.

The wounds were quite deep and big, says Rivera.

On Nov. 15, another three people, including a pregnant woman, were bitten.

So far, the villagers of Aguada, Menzi, and Riverside, counted around three monkeys involved in the attacks.

“We continue to monitor (the monkeys). It would be good for people to stay in their homes, especially the children,” Rivera appealed to residents.

He further urged those who have not reported being attacked by the monkeys to visit the Animal Bite Treatment Center at the city infirmary for anti-rabies shots.

ZB

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

For more news about the novel coronavirus click here.
What you need to know about Coronavirus.
For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this link.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Basilan, Coronavirus, Isabela City, monkeys, Regions, threat
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.