Grey langur escapes Sukkur rehabilitation centre

Wildlife officials say efforts underway to rescue animal, facilitate transfer to natural habitat in Nangarparkar

Sameer Mandhro February 01, 2024
The escaped Northern Gray Langur rests on a rooftop. PHOTO: Screengrab


The Northern Gray Langur, also known as the Hanuman langur, escaped a rehabilitation centre in Sukkur late Wednesday night.

The Sindh Wildlife Department (SWD) rescue workers were actively engaged in attempts to retrieve the animal, which was freely moving around the facility and adjacent trees.

The vicinity of the langur's roaming was reported to be close to human settlements. This particular primate, initially discovered in isolation near a security checkpoint on January 26 in Sardar Garh, district Ghotki, was rescued and transported to the Wildlife Complex in Sukkur.

Officials noted that the monkey, showing signs of starvation and minor injuries, was intended to be relocated, "We were planning to shift it to its habitat in Tharparkar," mentioned by Adnan Khan, a senior official based in Sukkur.

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The SWD's provincial head, Javed Ahmed Mahar, highlighted that they "see langurs in good population near Indian borders," and emphasised the generally human-friendly nature of the grey langur. In an appeal to the public, Mahar stated, "It will not harm anyone, and in case it reaches a human population, the public is requested not to hurt this animal."

Providing an update on the langur's recent behavior, Adnan Khan mentioned that in the past week, the animal had been interacting and recovering well. However, "It escaped the cage and is running from one tree to another."

Despite the escape, Khan assured that efforts were underway to promptly rescue the langur and facilitate its transfer to its natural habitat in Nangarparkar.


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