A monkey that lived in a tiny cage wedged between two buildings has lastly been rescued– after 25 YEARS living in terribly cramped conditions.
The macaque– who has been named Joe– was found inside the dark cage he called home for over two decades in Bangkok, Thailand.
A local in the city had actually spotted Joe inside the cage and was worried that he was suffering so emailed the Wild animals Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT) for help.
The team met the man who emailed them, that led them to Joe’s home– a tiny space that was wedged between the wall surfaces of two buildings.
Emerging from the darkness, Joe peered out right into the light and it quickly became clear just how much he had suffered throughout the years.
WFFT creator Edwin Wiek claimed: “I have seen a lot of animal suffering in the last 17 years, however I would claim that the condition the monkey was kept in was probably in the ‘top 10’ of most horrible cases.
” 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.
” His teeth were very bad and he was dehydrated.”
Explaining the 3ft-long cage as a “hellhole”, Wiek went on to describe how Joe had survived with very little water, living in his own dirt and faeces.
The only light came from the sunlight shining through the wire of his tiny window.
After pulling Joe out of his cage, the team tracked down his owner, who was only as well happy to let his pet be rescued.
He told them that Bangkok Zoo had actually provided to take him numerous years ago however had demanded more money than his owner could afford to support the monkey.
Joe is now being looked after by WFFT and is said to be pleased checking out the space he now has at his disposal.
Wiek said: “He walks however is unable to climb yet, also weak and without the experience to do so.”
Macaques can live up to 35 years and it is wished WFFT has more years left in him to finally enjoy life.