A monkey kept in a tiny cage outside a temple in Thailand for 7 years was recently rescued – and he must have known that these people were there to help him because he grasped the rescuer’s hand and refused to let go.
The sweet yet heartbreaking moment tugged at netizens’ hearts, with many commenting how happy they were that the monkey has been rescued.
The little creature was identified as Khai Now, one of the many animals placed in cages outside a temple in Rayong Province. The animals were kept in tiny cages and fed so little that many of them were malnourished.
Khai Now was among the ‘main attractions’ in this miniature zoo but people actually gave him bad food or threw him trash. Coupled with being kept in a really tiny cage, the monkey would develop behavioral problems.
Yet when Tom Taylor of the Wildlife Friends Foundation in Thailand (WFFT) arrived at the facility last August to assess the situation of the animals, the monkey knew he was a good man and was there to help.
As Tom approached, Khai Now extended his hand outside the cage and quickly grasped the rescuer’s hand. It seemed like a call for help! The moment was bittersweet, and it really had an impact on Tom who would take photos and share these on social media.
The level of neglect in that makeshift zoo was rather pitiful – and it was easy to understand why Khai Now held on to this kind man’s hand, never letting go. Tom had to spend many minutes with Khai Now, talking to the monkey and giving it some water.
The WFFT would quickly arrange for the animals to be transported to their sanctuary where they could receive treatment as well as proper food and other needs.
Khai Now still has behavioral problems, something he developed in the 7 years he spent in such a restricted, tiny cage, but he’s getting much better now and has become more sociable.
“Macaques are highly social monkeys and tactile communication is a vital part of their societies, grooming, playing, hugging, they need social interaction with their own species,” Tom explained.
“Khai Now is a gentle soul. He wanted nothing more than to groom me, or hold me for comfort.”
The rescuer felt sad over the plight of the animals but also happy that they still trust humans despite what they had experienced in the hands of other people.
“It never ceases to amaze that animals such as Khai Now can still have some level of trust in humans after seeing what we have done to them,” the rescuer added.
Thankfully, Khai Now is quickly gaining back his health and has become more sociable. Soon, he would be well enough to be placed with the other monkeys.
Source: The Epoch Times