A spokesperson from the Hoang Lien Wildlife Rescue, Conservation, and Development Center informed Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Friday that two male wallabies passed away after they were brought to the center located in the Hoang Lien National Park in Lao Cai Province for medical care.
One of the wallabies died on December 8, while the other one’s death was confirmed on December 12.
The remaining two wallabies are currently in good health.
However, the dropping temperatures in Sa Pa Town, Lao Cai Province, have made it challenging to provide proper care for these non-native animals.
Wallabies, often referred to as small kangaroos, typically thrive in hot and arid climates.
The spokesperson attributed the deaths to the cold weather and insufficient experience in nurturing wallabies.
The two deceased wallabies have been preserved for future display and research purposes.
Between November 8 and 11, some residents of Duc Long Commune in Thach An District, Cao Bang Province, discovered and captured four wallabies suspected to have been abandoned by smugglers attempting to illegally cross the border while being monitored by rangers.
Consequently, on November 16, the Hoang Lien Wildlife Rescue, Conservation, and Development Center received the four animals from forest rangers in Thach An District for rehabilitation.