No matter how cute and cuddly some wild animals are, they are still wild animals and belong in the wild and rescuers from the Laos Wildlife Rescue Center shared a recent rescue to show why some animals should never be kept as pets.
This past month, a rescue team from the Laos Wildlife Rescue Center (LWRC) was contacted by a Laos family who had kept a pig-tailed macaque named Sii as a pet for the past 12 years, and finally realized that keeping him in a cage wasn’t the best thing for him.
“Sii had been kept as a pet for over 12 years by a family who loved him dearly but now realized both [they] and Sii needed help to resolve the situation they found themselves in,” LWRC said about the animal that had been locked up in an old, rusty cage for over a decade.
“Their ‘cute’ looks as babies are often what makes people believe this is a good idea, however as babies grow up they often become difficult or aggressive as it is not in their nature to be kept inside a house or locked away in small cages,” LWRC said.
The rescuers cut him free from his prison, but because he’s spent his entire life in captivity and was blind in one eye and had rotting teeth, the team couldn’t release him back into the wild. Thankfully, however, he was given treatment once back at the rescue center and will make a new home at the sanctuary where he can roam free in a ‘primate field’ with other animals with similar pasts. “We believe he has good chances to find himself in one of our primate fields soon enough,” LWRC said.
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[Featured image: Laos Wildlife Rescue Center]