The number of different species there are on Earth is truly incredible. When you think of all of the different animals that exist, it’s impossible not to be completely taken back and fascinated – feelings that are only amplified when watching a wildlife documentary or visiting a conservation center. While it is perfectly fine to observe creatures like this from a distance, humans have taken this idea of interacting with wildlife too far.
We capture wild animals and confine them to zoos for our own amusement, we brutishly train them to perform asinine tricks for us simply because we can, and every year, thousands of animals are stolen from their natural habitats and sold to the illegal wildlife trade. Once these animals enter the illegal wildlife trade, they often end up being bought as pets by people who are infatuated with the idea of having a wild animal as a companion.
Despite how much these people claim to “love” these animals, they are often ill-equipped to care for them and sometimes, once the novelty of their purchase wears off, they find it easier to just chain these animals up and go about living their lives.
Rosa, a stumped-tailed macaque, for example, was kept as a pet and tied up with a chain likely after being purchased from the wildlife trade. Thankfully, Rosa’s days of being tethered to a cage are finally over! Her former owners finally gave her up to Laos Wildlife Rescue Center (LWRC). After a thorough examination by the LWRC veterinary team, Rosa was found to be in relatively good health. She did, however, have older injuries that had not fully healed, as well as missing parts of her fingers, teeth, and ears. LWRC does not know if these injuries occurred before she was bought or by her former owner, but the important thing is that she is now in capable hands that will help aid in her recovery.
This is Rosa moments before her chain was removed. The look of fear in her eyes is heartbreaking, but we are happy that she will never have to see this chain ever again!
Rosa has been introduced to three other young macaques at the rescue center and workers believe that she will recover, at least physically, from her time as a pet. Rosa is one of the lucky few who will now have the freedom to move, explore, and play like a regular monkey. Until the wildlife trade is completely eliminated, these stories will continue springing up. We can all do our part in ending this illicit trade by not buying wild animal products and raising awareness by sharing articles such as this one. To learn more about the illegal wildlife trade and what you can do to stop it, click here.
Image Source: Laos Wildlife Rescue Center/Facebook