After being trapped in the small cage for six long years, Me Boon couldn’t even take two steps without hitting the wall.
The local family who had been keeping Me Boon, a long-tailed macaque, as a “pet” called the team of Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT) on Sunday. He was friendly and able to be handled when the family first took in Me Boon as a baby but later there was a certain change in his behaviour.
Tom Taylor, assistant director of WFFT said, “Me Boon’s owners asked us to take him after he had become aggressive and no longer [was] willingly treated like a pet”.
“This is very common when keeping wild animals as pets — as they grow older they no longer want to be treated like human babies,” Taylor added.
Me Boon displayed the signs of extreme stress in caged animals like pacing and head bobbing. Though the family cared about him and used to offer milk and fruit each day, he suffered greatly. This was all because of the dirty cage outdoors that became a prison for him for the past six years.
“Imagine this happening to you or I, as a human?” Taylor told. “Locked in a box for six years, alone without another human in sight.”
The WFFT rescue team had to bear trouble while getting him out of the cage.
“He hadn’t been let out in so long that the cage had rusted shut,” Taylor wrote in a Facebook post. “It took us quite some time to wrestle his door open.”
After a great effort, they were able to take him out of the cage and then they took him to the WFFT rescue and rehabilitation centre.
“Me Boon was fed pretty well but had no ability to exercise so is now very overweight,” Taylor wrote on Facebook. “His cramped quarters may have also caused one of his feet to turn inwards. He is not the strongest climber or jumper.”
Me Boon is already feeling better at WFFT rescue centre after everything he has been through.
Taylor wrote on Facebook that he has space to stretch, play, relax and learn how to be a macaque.
“He especially likes to sit in a high corner of his new enclosure that overlooks a separate macaque field full of potential friends. He is very curious about them and watches them all day long,” Taylor added.
“It is likely that he has never seen or interacted with any other macaques before in his life since he was cared for by humans since infancy,” Taylor added. “After a period of acclimation, we hope to pair him with a [macaque] family of his own.”
Getting a second chance in life is just priceless, there are other many macaques who aren’t as lucky as Me Boon. Macaques are captured from various parts of South Asia to be kept as a pet or to be used in entertainment trade as “dancing monkeys.”
After they are grown up and they become difficult to handle, they are chained up or shoved into cages and there they are compelled to live their lives in a miserable way.
Macaques are sold to scientific research facilities around the world and at the same time, they are hunted for food and traditional medicine.
Thanks to his former owners change of heart that now Me boon will live a full, happy life at the WFFT rescue centre.
Taylor wrote on Facebook, “Freedom is the best gift we can give, and We are glad that Me Boon’s humans sought a better life for him with us instead.”
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