Dog and cat homelessness is a huge problem here in the U.S. It is estimated that there are currently over 70 million stray animals wandering the streets. While certainly pet homelessness is an enormous issue for the dogs and cats subjected to this life, what we often don’t consider is what this influx of feral animals does to the local ecosystem. In parts of America, expanding populations of feral cats have been known to completely decimate native bird and rodent numbers, causing a trickle-down effect on the other animals and plants in the region. But the U.S. is hardly the only place to experience the consequences of stray dog and cat overpopulation.

In Thailand, feral animals pose a threat to local wildlife including monkeys. This rescue from Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand  (WFFT) features a Long-Tailed Macaque who was attacked by a feral dog and left for dead. On their Facebook page, the rescue group writes, “Attacks on wild animals by feral dogs and cats are very common here in Thailand, they often injure or kill several native wild animals, this can have long term detrimental effect on Thailand’s wild animals.”

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Long-tailed Macaques are listed as Least Concern (LC) by the IUCN Red list of Threatened Species because of its wide range and ability to adapt to changing environments, however, they are still gravely threatened by the exotic pet trade, the bush meat industry, and deforestation in their native homes. With the added threat posed by feral dog and cat populations, life for these monkeys is anything but simple.

A group of concerned locals brought this monkey into the WFFT clinic after they found him wounded and extremely weak.

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The rescue team quickly noticed the bite marks covering his little body.

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At first, he was unresponsive and his caretakers feared the worse.

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They refused to give up, however, and after days of specialized care, he perked up!

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The monkey’s spunky demeanor soon returned and the team determined he was ready to return home.

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While he surely received the best care possible at the WFFT clinic, he sure was happy to scamper back to the forest!

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Good luck, little guy!

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We are so pleased that this monkey was successfully returned to the wild where he belongs.

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To learn more about Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand, check out their website and Facebook page.