An abused monkey who had spent most of his life trapped in between two buildings was rescued and finally granted a chance to see the sun, thanks in part to a concerned email. His transformation after being rescued from years of neglect must be seen to be believed!
He spent nearly his whole life as a prisoner…
A macaque named Joe was captured by poachers, likely the same ones who killed his mother, when he was just a baby, and spent much of his life living in a cage, which was kept between two buildings. As time went by, Joe became a prisoner in the cage for more than 25 years! As his cage was horribly neglected, he had to put up with the company of rats.
Reportedly, the Bangkok Zoo became aware of Joe’s situation and tried to purchase him from his owner years ago, but that plan went nowhere. Joe’s owner was sympathetic towards the monkey’s plight, but could not afford the fee that the zoo charged to pay for Joe’s upkeep. Fortunately, a resident who took pity on Joe emailed Edwin Wiek, founder of Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand, for help.
“I have seen a lot of animal suffering in the last 17 years, but I would say that the condition the monkey was kept in was probably in the ‘Top 10’ of the most horrible cases and when the owner told us how long he had been in there I was absolutely shocked,” said Wiek.
Joe finally gets to see the sun!
Wiek’s team managed to contact Joe’s owner, who gave them permission to release him. This was no easy task, as it meant breaking open the wiring off the cage. To their horror, they learned that Joe had been without water or access to much light during those 25 years. This harrowing experience took a toll on the monkey.
“Joe was dirty and very weak, as his cage was so small he could not walk or climb at all and his muscle tissue was almost gone,” Wiek added.
“His teeth were very bad and he was dehydrated.”
Fortunately, Joe is getting a second chance at life at a WFFT sanctuary, where he can finally play in the sunlight. As macaques live for about 35 years, it isn’t likely that Joe will have much longer to be with us, but hopefully he can at least spend his final years happily.
“I felt embarrassed to be a human being, seeing what humans again and again do to animals, but at the same time I was feeling proud to be a human, being able to make a positive difference in this horrible case,” he added, according to The Dodo.