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Karachi: Authorities rescue baby monkeys from Empress Market cages

Amna QuddusiWeb Editor

19th Dec, 2020. 12:02 pm
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4 Monkeys Rescued

The police rescued four monkeys who were illegally kept at Empress Market in Karachi’s Saddar.

Karachi’s South deputy commissioner and his team raided the market on Friday and found the animals caged at one of the shops. The monkeys were rescued and were initially sent to the Sindh Wildlife Department’s sanctuary.

Moreover, they were moved to a private foundation for animal care operated by Ayesha Chundrigar.

Assistant commissioner of Saddar, Sherina Asad came forward and told that as per the Act of Sindh wildlife caging monkeys is illegal and only license holders are allowed to keep the them at a private zoo.

However, the shopkeeper was neither charged nor arrested. Also, the vendors at Saddar’s Empress Market had sworn that they will not cage any mammals from now onwards.

Earlier, a four-month bear cub is on the loose after it escaped its cage at the Peshawar Zoo.

According to media reports, the cub was in a cage with its mother when one of the caretakers left the door open and the cub escaped.

Both the mother and baby had been brought to the zoo from Dir two days ago.

The zoo administration believes that the cub is still inside the zoo and are examining CCTV footage to locate it.

The cub hasn’t been seen in footage of the zoo’s exit points.

There is currently some renovation work going on at the zoo and a lot of heavy machinery inside.

Officials believe the cub could be hiding there somewhere.

While the cub doesn’t pose a threat to anyone, the zoo administration made announcements about its disappearance via local mosques.

The bear cub was worth 3.5 million Pakistani rupees.


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