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Monkey Transplanted with Liver of Pig Survives for 18 Days in China, Could Humans be Next?

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The breakthrough can mean a step in the direction of animal-human transplants that could benefit millions of patients waiting for organ transplants.

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In what is being seen as a breakthrough for medical science, a monkey has been transplanted with the liver of a pig in China and managed to survive for 18 days.

Earlier in the month, a team of surgeons from a hospital in Xi’an in North-Western China performed organ transplant surgeries on three rhesus macaques.

Doctors at Xijing Hospital, which is affiliated to Xi’an’s Air Force Medical University, extracted three organs including a liver, a heart, and a kidney, were extracted from a pig and transplanted into the monkeys, each getting one organ.

Neither the monkey with the kidney transplant nor the one with the heart transplant survived. The primate with the new liver, however, has managed to survive for over two weeks, giving researchers hope, Xinhua news reported.

As per the doctors, the survival of the monkey could indicate the possibility of such transplants in humans.

The experiment was conducted using a gene-editing technique known as porcine endogenous retroviruses (PERV). The experiment comes after China developed two baby “chimera piglets” with DNA from monkeys.

The efforts might help scientists find replacements for human organ transplants by growing human organs inside genetically controlled animals. Transplanting animal organs into human bodies, also known as Xenotransplantation, is an exciting new trend in bioengineering and pigs are often seen as the best source for such organ transplants owing to their similarity to humans in shape and size.

The trial is being seen as a success since monkeys also share 94 percent of human DNA, making this trial one of the closes anyone has come to a human-animal organ transplant. This might mean a boon for millions of people waiting for organ transplants across the world.

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Legendary Monkey King actor Dicky Cheung returns to star in LEGO’s ‘Monkie Kid’

Monkey King fans rejoice!

A new series based on the ancient tale will be airing in Southeast Asia soon. And the best part?

Legendary actor and singer Dicky Cheung, who starred in the 1996 Hong Kong television series Journey to the West which many of us grew up with, will be starring in the Mandarin dub of LEGO’s latest series Monkie Kid.

Talk about recruiting the perfect person for the role!

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Comprising of a TV series and mini-movie, LEGO’s Monkie Kid is set to premier in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan in late 2020.

This will be Cheung’s first time starring as a voice talent for LEGO. He will also be performing the animation’s theme song.

“Through Monkie Kid, we wanted to create a world where the LEGO play experience is brought to life while facilitating a greater appreciation of the Chinese culture and values among our audiences,” Rohan Mathur, The LEGO Group’s Marketing Director for Southeast Asia, said.

“With Dicky’s experience in playing the legendary role of Monkey King, we hope the depth and dimension he brings to the character of Monkie Kid will captivate viewers from all generations in Singapore and Malaysia, while empowering children with the important values of bravery, optimism, and resilience.”

Watch the English trailer for the series here.

Monkie Kid is LEGO’s take on the more than 500-year old story of the Monkey King.

The series follows the titular character Monkie Kid on a journey as he discovers the Monkey King’s legendary staff and begins his quest to stop the Demon Bull King and his army of Bull clones from taking over the city.

 
LEGO releases its first ever Chinese-inspired theme and it’s based on the legend of the Monkey King.

Check out the toy collection available on LEGO’s website here.

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Cover image sourced from Toy Photographers and LEGO.

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Back Door Monkey heating up battle for Miami’s coolest new restaurant

MIAMI (WSVN) – South Florida is an urban jungle, and in the middle of it all is a new spot serving up some delicious food.

The battle for Miami’s coolest restaurant just got even bigger.

Bryan Carvajal, Back Door Monkey: “Once you walk into the place you feel in a little bit of an oasis. The energy is amazing.”

The decor is on point, but what you can’t miss is the DJ booth.

Bryan Carvajal: “Once you come and see the place, you will see things such as like a war tank, which we use as a DJ booth.”

There’s a tank in the middle of the restaurant, and it looks legit.

It was custom designed and made for music. It doesn’t move, and the only one who can climb in it is the DJ.

Bryan Carvajal: “People ask if it is a real tank. It’s not. It’s just a replica.”

You can come for the music, but stay for the Asian fusion food.

Nicolas Caicedo, chef, Back Door Monkey: “We are doing Asian with Latin influences. The menu was created in a way where people from all over the world can come and try the different options we have.”

Carmen Tinoco, customer: “It’s an amazing place. Amazing food, and the taste is awesome.”

You can check out the roasted king crab legs and their signature sushi roll with octopus.

Nicolas Caicedo: “We glaze it and blow torch a peanut butter and masago mayonnaise.”

If you like your fish dishes a little more raw, the sashimi is the way to go.

Nicolas Caicedo: “Our sashimi is unique because every fish has a sauce to go with. I feel like that was the idea behind this dish. We didn’t want to do just a sashimi platter. We wanted to do something unique.”

Even the fried rice has a twist. A server mixes an egg yolk in it at your table.

Carmen Tinoco: “The vibe is really chill, and it’s amazing to be eating and listening to music. The music is amazing too.”

The restaurant will take your temperature upon entering.

For more info:
backdoormonkey.com
305-951-6143

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Smiley: You can’t catch a monkey in the dark

Tony Falterman, of Napoleonville, says, “The entry in your column about turning out the lights reminded me of my predecessor and good friend, Sheriff Murray Landry of Assumption Parish.

“He used to tell the story about a woman who called in one night about a loose monkey in her house. Never one to miss a good ‘call in’ complaint, he decided to handle it himself.

“In trying to capture the wayward simian, he would chase it around a room — but every time he got near a capture, the intelligent ape would jump up and pull the cord on the old-time light hanging from the ceiling in the middle of the room.

“Murray would pull the string to bring back light, and chase the monkey, until the monkey again pulled the cord and darkened the room!

“The sheriff finally called it quits, and told the homeowner he would be back during daylight hours for the capture!”

Getting weird

Looking over the item above, it occurs to me that the headline on it is probably the strangest I’ve ever written…

Umbrella and all

Riecke Gernon has this suggestion for a new name for Dixie Beer:

“What better way to honor the memory of Tom Benson than to have ‘Tom’s Boogie Beer?'”

Slight change

Bill Huey offers a new name for Dixie Beer that would call for only a minor alteration of its lettering:

“I believe they should rename it ‘Dixon Beer,’ in honor of Dave Dixon, the man who helped create the Superdome and the Saints.”

Playing the Pastime

Fellow LSU Class of ’63 graduate Norris Decoteau recalls Bill Conti, the Oscar-winning composer who just donated his original scores to the university:

“I was a resident of North Stadium at the same time as Bill. He and Buddy Wells from New Orleans were roommates.

“I wonder if he is also going to give his original scores from the Pastime Lounge, where the Bill Conti Trio played?”

Cord guy

Preston Holton, of New Orleans, says, “One night circa 1980 my girlfriend (now wife of 34 years) and I were in a packed Joe Reed’s bar on Baton Rouge’s Highland Road to hear legendary blues man Albert ‘Ice Man’ Collins.

“At one point Collins stepped off the stage in mid-jam and went wading into the crowd.

“Following him was a little guy carefully uncoiling a long spool of cord, out the door and into the parking lot, then finally back on stage.

“Ice Man never came unplugged and never missed a note, but the real star of the show was that cord guy.”

Cajun Isles

James B. Hébert, of Abbeville, says, “The Cajun Islands mentioned Wednesday are in Vermilion Parish, the most Cajun place on earth.

“Visit Vermilion.org for ideas for your staycation. My ancestors have been here since 1802.”

And Bo Bienvenu, of Prairieville, says, “I have a souvenir T-shirt (that fit until I put it in my ‘shrinking closet’) I bought at the Crawfish Festival decades ago.

“It shows two crawfish floating on air mattresses and says, ‘For my vacation I visited The Islands: Cow, Pecan, and Forked.'”

Nostalgia Corner

Recently I’ve mentioned some Baton Rouge bars that are no more. Marion Denova tells of another longtime business that’s closed:

“One of the oldest remaining businesses in Old Baton Rouge, Istrouma Mattress Factory, officially closed in mid-April.

“It was established in 1932 at the corner of Scenic Highway and Winbourne Avenue, then moved to Plank Road, in the old Goudeau and Huey Hardware building, in the early 1990s.

“We were open six days a week, except for four days we were closed because of Hurricane Katrina. Thanks to all our good customers in south Louisiana.”

Special People Dept.

  • Betty Bourgeois, of Houma, celebrates her 90th birthday Thursday, July 2.
  • Sybil and Joe Boudreaux, of Ventress, celebrate their 71st anniversary Thursday, July 2.

Helpful hint

In health news, Harry Clark, of Lafayette, says, “I have found that if you don’t shower but once a week, don’t use deodorant, eat a lot of garlic and don’t brush your teeth, social distancing takes care of itself.”

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Monkey receives a liver transplant from a pig and survives for 16 days, Chinese surgeons claim

A monkey which received a pig’s liver during a groundbreaking experiment in China has survived for over two weeks, experts have claimed.

The animal is one of the three macaques that underwent organ transplant operations conducted by a team of surgeons earlier this month, according to a hospital in north-western China’s Xi’an city.

The success could mean that Chinese researchers are a step closer to solve a global shortage of human organs for transplantation, the hospital has said. 

A monkey which received a pig's liver during a groundbreaking experiment in China survived for over two weeks, surgeons have claimed. The picture shows the animal after surgery

A monkey which received a pig's liver during a groundbreaking experiment in China survived for over two weeks, surgeons have claimed. The picture shows the animal after surgery

A monkey which received a pig’s liver during a groundbreaking experiment in China survived for over two weeks, surgeons have claimed. The picture shows the animal after surgery

The animal was one of the three rhesus macaques that underwent organ transplant operations conducted by a team of researchers earlier this month in northwestern China's Xi'an city

The animal was one of the three rhesus macaques that underwent organ transplant operations conducted by a team of researchers earlier this month in northwestern China's Xi'an city

The animal was one of the three rhesus macaques that underwent organ transplant operations conducted by a team of researchers earlier this month in northwestern China’s Xi’an city

Medical experts extracted a pig’s heart, kidney and liver before transplanting the organs to three rhesus macaques on June 13, according to the Xijing Hospital, which is affiliated to China’s Air Force Medical University. 

Footage released by the local government shows one of the primates lying on the operating table after the medical experts completing the procedure.  

The three transplants were conducted at the same time and all organs were functioning perfectly following the surgery, the Xi’an hospital said.

The monkey that received a kidney only survived for a day while the primate with a transplanted heart died after a week. 

But the macaque with the pig’s liver had lived 16 days – the longest-surviving animal to receive a foreign liver transplant in the world – the team announced on Monday. It is understood that the monkey remains alive. 

A team of Chinese medics extracted a pig's heart, kidney and liver before transplanting the organs to three monkeys on June 13, according to the Xijin Hospital in north-western China

A team of Chinese medics extracted a pig's heart, kidney and liver before transplanting the organs to three monkeys on June 13, according to the Xijin Hospital in north-western China

A team of Chinese medics extracted a pig’s heart, kidney and liver before transplanting the organs to three monkeys on June 13, according to the Xijin Hospital in north-western China

The monkey that received a kidney only survived for a day while the primate with a transplanted heart died after a week. The picture shows the monkey after receiving a pig's liver

The monkey that received a kidney only survived for a day while the primate with a transplanted heart died after a week. The picture shows the monkey after receiving a pig's liver

The monkey that received a kidney only survived for a day while the primate with a transplanted heart died after a week. The picture shows the monkey after receiving a pig’s liver

The researchers said that they used a genome-editing technique known as porcine endogenous retroviruses (PERV) to perform the experiment. A scientist is pictured explaining the operation after completing all three transplants from a pig to three monkeys in Xi'an

The researchers said that they used a genome-editing technique known as porcine endogenous retroviruses (PERV) to perform the experiment. A scientist is pictured explaining the operation after completing all three transplants from a pig to three monkeys in Xi'an

The researchers said that they used a genome-editing technique known as porcine endogenous retroviruses (PERV) to perform the experiment. A scientist is pictured explaining the operation after completing all three transplants from a pig to three monkeys in Xi’an

The researchers said that they used a genome-editing technique known as porcine endogenous retroviruses (PERV) to perform the experiment. 

The record-breaking experiment comes after two chimera piglets containing monkey DNA have previously been born in China.

Although both died within a week and appeared to be normal, the baby animals had genetic material from cynomolgus monkeys in their heart, liver, spleen, lung and skin.

Scientists said the research, which required more than 4,000 embryos to get the piglets, aims to find ways of growing human organs in animals for transplantation.

The record-breaking experiment comes after two chimera piglets containing monkey DNA have previously been born in China. Although both died within a week and appeared to be normal, the baby animals had genetic material from cynomolgus monkeys

The record-breaking experiment comes after two chimera piglets containing monkey DNA have previously been born in China. Although both died within a week and appeared to be normal, the baby animals had genetic material from cynomolgus monkeys

The record-breaking experiment comes after two chimera piglets containing monkey DNA have previously been born in China. Although both died within a week and appeared to be normal, the baby animals had genetic material from cynomolgus monkeys

‘This is the first report of full-term monkey-pig chimeras’, Tang Hai at the State Key Laboratory of Stem Cell and Reproductive Biology in Beijing told New Scientist.

Five-day old piglet embryos had monkey stem cells injected into them that had been adjusted to produce a flourescent protein, allowing researchers to find out where the cells ended up.

The scientists said it was unclear why the two chimera piglets died, but as eight other normal piglets that were implanted also died, they think this is a problem with the IVF process rather than chimerism.

Despite the research, some members of the scientific community have warned against creating chimeras due to ethical concerns. 

Neuroscientist Douglas Munoz at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, said that research projects like this ‘just really ethically scares me’.

‘For us to start to manipulate life functions in this kind of way without fully knowing how to turn it off, or stop it if something goes awry really scares me.’

Monkey stem cells were injected into five-day-old pig embryos before they were implanted into sows. However, China shows no sign of stopping after proposing to create monkeys with partially human-derived brains in order to better study diseases like Alzheimer's

Monkey stem cells were injected into five-day-old pig embryos before they were implanted into sows. However, China shows no sign of stopping after proposing to create monkeys with partially human-derived brains in order to better study diseases like Alzheimer's

Monkey stem cells were injected into five-day-old pig embryos before they were implanted into sows. However, China shows no sign of stopping after proposing to create monkeys with partially human-derived brains in order to better study diseases like Alzheimer’s

However, China shows no sign of stopping after proposing to create monkeys with partially human-derived brains in order to better study diseases like Alzheimer’s.

And Yale University stem cell expert Alejandro De Los Angeles has written that the search for a better animal model to stimulate human disease has been a ‘holy grail’ of biomedical research for decades.

‘Realising the promise of human-monkey chimera research in an ethically and scientifically appropriate manner will require a coordinated approach’, he said.

A human-pig hybrid embryo was created in January 2017, at the Salk Institute in San Diego, but died 28 days later.

It is hoped the research could offer an alternative to organ donation.

Around three people a day die in the UK according to the NHS and 12 in the US because replacement organs cannot be found.

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New Jimmy Monkey Cafe in PLQ

Jimmy Monkey Café tucked away in One-North is a popular destination for those who are serious about their coffee. Jimmy Monkey PLQ is their new outlet in Paya Lebar – bringing to the regional business hub the cachet of hip cafe culture complete with coffee brewed by the high end Slayer espresso machine.

The new Jimmy Monkey Café in Paya Lebar is located on the ground level of Park Place Residences at PLQ. It is right next to the children’s playground, at the corner of PLQ nearest to City Plaza.

Jimmy Monkey PLQ is a naturally ventilated space surrounded by greenery and is a haven of laid back tranquility. It feels more like a resort cafe than an eatery right in the middle of a busy commercial centre.

It has a bar with draft beer as well cocktails and wines. The blue Slayer machine sits proudly on the bar counter.

Menu of Jimmy Monkey PLQ

Jimmy Monkey Cafe in PLQ currently has a brunch menu and a dinner menu. There is also a kids menu.

The menu is not extensive but offers the common cafe items like toasts, burgers, pastas and a few mains.

Jimmy Monkey PLQ Kids Menu

Jimmy Monkey PLQ Brunch Menu

Jimmy Monkey PLQ Dinner Menu

Brunch at Jimmy Monkey

The more mundane Egg’s & Toast was more suitable for the ordinary patrons. It was a straightforward dish – toasts with jam and butter, a choice of eggs and some salad. Our scrambled eggs well very nice – soft and creamy. The bread was also very good and we really liked their strawberry jam.

We also had the famed Jimmy Monkey coffee. It was good – aromatic with nice flavours and left a nice sensation in the mouth.

Hip Jimmy Monkey Cafe

Jimmy Monkey Cafe in PLQ is a nice place for good coffee as well as for brunch and dinner. It opens early, offers al fresco dining and has a nice laid back atmosphere. The new Jimmy Monkey PLQ has certainly enhanced the hip quotient of Paya Lebar.

Ratings:
Food: 3
Service: 3
Value: 3
Atmosphere: 4
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs

Opening Hours: 8 am – 9 pm

Nearby MRT Station: Paya Lebar

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Monkey Celebrates 31st Birthday at Dallas Zoo

The Dallas Zoo threw a birthday party for 31-year-old mona monkey Asante on June 30.

Asante is one of the oldest known mona monkeys in human care worldwide, the zoo said.

Footage uploaded to Facebook by the zoo shows Asante tearing into presents and eating treats with other monkeys.

“She’s kind of a big deal around here, as you can tell from this incredible birthday bash that her adoring keepers put together,” said the Dallas Zoo. Credit: Dallas Zoo via Storyful

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Here’s How to Make Monkey Bread With Your Kids

The store-bought ingredients in this recipe make it simple enough for the kids to get hands-on in the kitchen. This is how to make monkey bread together!

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I think my kids like saying “monkey bread” as much as I like hearing them pronounce cinnamon as cimmanin. My 6-year-old was endlessly curious about why it’s called monkey bread, and wouldn’t stop asking until I Googled it. Turns out, it’s meant to be eaten like a monkey, pulling apart the sticky pieces with your hands.

I’ve got to admit—I cook a lot, but have never made monkey bread. I’ve tasted (and loved) it in our Test Kitchen, shared it with my mom at a local brunch spot, but never made it myself.

When to Make This Recipe

I intended to let this rise overnight to bake one morning, but kitchen projects with young kids late in the day are tough when bedtime is an hour after you’ve made dinner (and maybe not cleaned up yet). I wanted to make sure we’re not all eating caramelly, sticky monkey bread willy-nilly. No sir, this is a morning treat.

In reality, we started making this around 10 a.m. That made it the perfect dessert after lunch.

By the way—read this before you start baking with kids.

How to Make Monkey Bread

This recipe is from Diana Kunselman in Pennsylvania. It makes 16 servings—about enough for a hungry family of four.

Ingredients

  • 2 loaves (1 pound each) frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Editor’s Tip: Feel free to use a homemade bread dough or biscuit dough here,

Tools You’ll Need

Rustle up a 13×9-inch pan, parchment paper, a saucepan, a whisk, a rubber or silicone spatula and a garden hose. Your kids are going to get sticky!

Instructions

Step 1: Kids prep the dough, grownups prep the pan

This simple recipe starts with dividing the dough into 1-inch pieces and placing them in a greased 13×9-inch pan.

I used two different kinds of store-bought dough because these are strange times and that’s what the store had: pizza dough and biscuit dough. I’ve got to tell you, the biscuit dough made my absolute favorite pieces. The flakiness of the biscuit dough makes the pull-apart texture even better.

You can amuse your kids with the pop of the dough tube opening, then show them the magic inside. My kids wanted to tear apart the dough themselves. So I let them. They tore pieces that were pretty tiny, but I quite liked that because it gave the monkey bread: A) smaller serving sizes and B) more crispy edges.

Step 2: Kids mix, grownups simmer and pour

Measure the remaining ingredients before the kids join in, if you prefer order to chaos. I was out of brown sugar, but I made my own with a quick baking substitution.

Let the kids add the ingredients to the saucepan before it gets hot. Bring to a boil; grownups cook and stir 1 minute. Remove from the heat and pour over dough pieces.

Step 3: Wait, then bake

Cover your pan with parchment or foil and let raise in a warm spot for 45 minutes. Turn the kids’ attention to lunch, home learning or, if you have a magic wand, the dishes.

This bread rises longer than it bakes. I let it rise in my oven for about 40 minutes on the “proof” setting. I took it out before time was up so that I could preheat the oven to 350° and get this bad boy done as soon as possible. (Once you smell the sauce, you’ll understand.)

Bake, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes. You can invert the whole pan immediately onto a serving dish, or skip this step to avoid dirtying another dish. It’s perfectly delicious no matter your angle of attack.

How to Customize This Recipe

Don’t stress over the ingredients. If you don’t have vanilla pudding mix, fine. Use butterscotch, banana or even chocolate pudding mix. You can also skip the pudding mix altogether—you’ll have a thinner, more buttery sauce.

Use your favorite dough, store-bought or otherwise. I wholeheartedly recommend biscuit dough, as its buttery, flaky layers brought a lovely texture to the party. You could even use cinnamon roll dough—my family prefers this monkey bread sauce to the vanilla frosting that comes with cimmanin rolls, anyway.

Make the texture extra fun by adding chopped nuts to the sauce. Top with banana slices to really drive the “monkey” theme home for your kids. Blueberries bake up nicely with a recipe like this, though you may want to have extra napkins ready.

How to Store Your Monkey Bread

It’s cliche when it comes to recipes, but I really doubt there’ll be anything left after those little hands get ahold of this one. You can seal leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days. It’s really best enjoyed fresh and warm, so recreate the magic by microwaving portions for 30 seconds or less.

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Heartless Indian Villagers Hang Monkey To Death From Tree To Teach Its Troop A “Lesson”

WARNING: THE CONTENT BELOW MAY BE DISTRESSING FOR SOME OF YOU!

Distressing videos and images that were shared with the public show Indian villagers hanging a struggling monkey from a tree to teach its troops a lesson.

According to reports, the villagers wanted the troop of the monkey to stay away from the livestock.

The incident happened in Telangana, a southern Indian state.

The villagers reportedly chased the monkeys that were terrorizing their village, however, one of them fell in a pond.

The thugs captured the monkey and hang it from a tree so it could teach the troop of the monkey a lesson.

In the disturbing video, the men allowed their dogs to nip at the monkey as it struggled to breathe air.

The monkey could be seen trying to free itself as it slowly lost its life.

Despite the horrible thing happening in front of them, local villagers cheered as the monkey died in front of them.

A video of the incident was shared on social media, and after it went viral, authorities have launched an official investigation.

A Venkateswarlu, a Forest Ranger in Telangana, released a statement about the incident, where he said:

The perpetrators, who admitted their guilt, are being booked under the Wildlife Protection Act. The accused wanted to scare other monkeys by hanging the one which was caught. We found the carcass in a decomposed state.

The Forest Ranger also said that they have received a lot of complaints about monkeys in the area.

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Three men behind viral monkey killing video arrested in Telangana

The three men, who tortured and killed a monkey and released the video on social media, were later granted bail.

Days after a video of a monkey being hanged to death from a tree in Khammam district went viral, three people have been arrested in connection with the incident.

According to Sathupalli Forest Range Officer A Venkateswarlu, a Preliminary Offence Report (POR) under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 was filed against the perpetrators and the accused were arrested on Monday.

According to Forest Department officials, three locals — Sadhu Venkateshwar Rao, Goudelli Ganapathi and Gaddam Rajashekar — killed the monkey after torturing it. 

“As it is a bailable offence they were later granted bail on personal bond,” he said.

The official told PTI that a notice under section 41 (A) of the CrPC (notice of appearance) was also served to them and they have to appear before the forest officials whenever they are asked to do so as part of the investigation.

The incident happened on June 26 at Vemsoor village and the video of the primate being hanged using a rope went viral, prompting the officials to investigate.

The horrific visuals that went viral showed two dogs attacking the monkey while three men holding sticks were overseeing the entire episode. The prime accused Venkateshwar Rao hit the monkey with a stick after it came near his residence in an agricultural field. One of the three men recorded the act on the phone and shared it on social media.

Forest officials said the accused wanted to scare other monkeys by hanging the one which was caught. The officials found the carcass of the monkey in a decomposed state.

Meanwhile, the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) condemned the brutal killing of the monkey.

The apex animal rights organisation in a statement said it has reached out to government authorities including Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao seeking stringent action against the culprits as per law.

“We cannot continue to call these heinous incidents, just acts of cruelty. These are criminal acts of violence involving torture and abuse against sentient, free, wild animals. The Prevention of Cruelty Act is woefully inadequate to deal with such violence. We need a new law that punishes violent crimes against animals. Revisiting the penalties is important too. Animals should be #EqualBeforeTheLaw,” Varda Mehrotra, Executive Director, FIAPO, said.