Karnataka: Langur rescued from bar dies in Pilikula | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: Raju, a 21-year-old Hanuman langur housed at Pilikula Biological Park (PBP), died on Sunday. He was the first langur to be brought to the park, said PBP director H J Bhandary.
He said the langur was rescued from a bar near Padubidri. “Since he was hanging out near a bar, its customers often fed him alcohol, and he got addicted to it. In 2005, we received a call from the bar owner stating that the langur was dull and unwell. Our team rescued the langur and started treating him. When he refused food, we realised that he was suffering from withdrawal symptoms. We started offering him liquor in small quantities, and stopped it completely after his recovery, which took a month. He gradually started eating a variety of fruits and greens, and went on to became one of the attractions here,” Bhandary said.
The viscera has been sent to a lab in Bengaluru to ascertain the cause of death. The postmortem was performed, and the report suggests that he died due to kidney and liver-related ailments.
Currently, PBP has four Hanuman langurs. The average lifespan of Hanuman langur is 18-20 years, he added.

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