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Monkey Was Trapped Between Two Buildings For 25 Years. What Happened Next Had Me In Tears.

13 September 2016 2377 views
Edwin Wiek, founder of Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand, or WFFT, made a terrible discovery last week. He received an email from a concerned Bangkok resident claiming that there was a monkey living in terrible conditions in the slums.

The information wasn’t much to go on, but WFFT travelled to find out what exactly was going on.

They met with the man who’d sent the email, and he led them to a small hole in a wall, where the monkey was living, trapped inside with a wire cage.

Wiek said that this was one of the worst cases of poor animal conditions that he’d ever seen. The cage that held the monkey, who WFFT later named Joe, was less than three feet long, and it was smushed between two other buildings.

Very little sunlight ever made it to Joe through the wires of his cage. He had no water whatsoever at the time that WFFT found him.

The cage had never been cleaned, and the floor was covered in dirt, trash, and feces. To make matters worse, rats were living in the cage alongside Joe.

After getting him out of the cage, WFFT found Joe’s owner who told them an absolutely heartbreaking piece of information…

Joe had been living in these conditions since 1991 — a quarter of a century of suffering.

Wiek was floored to find out that for the entire duration of his time rescuing animals throughout Thailand, Joe had been locked away in terrible conditions. When pulled from the cage, Joe was in very bad shape.

His muscle tissue was nearly gone, as he didn’t have the room to walk in the cage, much less run or climb. He was dehydrated, and his teeth were horribly degraded.

Joe’s owner instantly told WFFT that they could take the monkey with them. He’d apparently gotten an offer from the Bangkok Zoo to take the monkey, but they’d demanded $100 a month to care for the animal, and Joe’s owner couldn’t afford that.

WFFT is responsible for numerous rescues like these alright throughout Thailand and other parts of Asia, but still, Joe’s case was especially severe.

Now, though, Joe is living in an enclosure that affords him plenty of mobility. He has only just begun to walk around the space, and he still lacks the muscle strength to climb, but WFFT officials are hopeful.

The other day Joe was seen bathing himself, and he has been heard communicating with other apes near his enclosure — the first contact with animals like him that Joe’s had in 25 years.

WFFT is hoping to offer Joe peace and happiness for the last ten years or so of his expected lifespan. Joe seems pretty hopeful now, too.

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