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Monkey Thought Extinct Discovered in Burma

11 July 2013

A species of monkey long assumed to be extinct has been rediscovered in Burma, reports Mizzima. Blood, hair and skin tests confirmed that a monkey found in southern Burma four months ago was indeed a Tenasserim lutung, or long-tailed monkey, according to Maung Maung Pyone, the secretary of Burma’s Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association. The discovery was made by members of Fauna & Flora International, an international NGO that has been trying to track down specimens of the monkey to determine whether it still lives in Burma’s jungles. “We thought they were extinct, but now they’re back! This is a national treasure for Myanmar,” said Maung Maung Pyone.

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