Just few weeks old! Separated from her mother! Took away from a life that every wild animal should have: away from human abuses… That is the sad story of our new rescue. We cannot say that we are happy to introduce you ‘Pearl’, a so cute female baby long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis). We cannot say that because what would have make us happy is that she is still in the wild with the ones she belongs with.
We cannot say that she is so cute because that is the reason why some ‘animal lovers’ want them and why the exotic/wild animal pet-trade keeps growing.
What we can say is… Meet “Pearl”. A sad baby girl, bought on a night market in Pattaya for 9000 Baht. Her owner kept her only 10 days, feeding her with some mashed banana mixture (Pearl would still have been breastfeeding in a normal life), before she decided to have the WFFT Rescue Team come to collect her. But we are happy to announce to you that, now, we are going to offer this sweet and hurt soul a chance for a better life. A chance to have a monkey life. A chance to be correctly loved, with proper care & attention, to meet others like her, and to have, later, when she will be a little older and autonomous, a life with her own species.
The long-tailed macaque is listed as Least Concern (LC) by the IUCN Red list of Threatened Species, in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, occurrence in a number of protected areas. Although it is under heavy hunting pressure for the pet trade, meat, sport and trophies, this is not considered a major threat to the species overall. Females are often taken into breeding facilities and males are exported internationally primarily for use in laboratory research. They are regularly persecuted as pests. Habitat loss is also a localised threat, but the species can persist in a variety of habitats and very adaptable.
For the moment, Pearl still cries from the loss and lack of her mother’s care. She is holding teddies like she should have done with her mom. She wants to be warm, to feel safe, loved.
The WFFT Wildlife Hospital Team is taking good care of her! Feeding her with milk, checking her condition, and just being with her in general to make her feel save. So, meet Pearl, a sweet little angel, and never forget that wild animals belong to the wild, even if they are cute, even if you want to feel like a protector, even if your kid wants one… they are not pets or toys. Another sad side of this story is that Pearl didn’t arrive alone! The owner of the baby also brought a pygmy slow loris (check out her story soon). Love wild animals in the wild.
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