January 26, 2012
Please Help Us as We Save Another Animal from Despair
Yesterday a monkey in Mississippi, long subjected to absolute misery in a cage, began an incredible journey toward living in open spaces along with members of his own species at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary.
Our friends at The Humane Society of the United States came across this adult male rhesus macaque after conducting an undercover investigation of the Collins Zoo, where they documented deplorable conditions.
The monkey — currently unnamed — was confined to a small cage (watch him frantically pace in the tiny enclosure). Lions, tigers and other exotic animals exhibited signs of malnourishment and neglect, and venomous snakes were held in unsecured enclosures. A black wolf, whom the investigator pointed out to zoo owners as needing veterinary care, was not treated and a few days later died.
Now, new and safe homes are being provided for the survivors.
What was uncovered in Mississippi is heartbreaking and not uncommon across the country. These animals are lucky to have a second chance. Born Free USA is happy to be able to take in this macaque and offer him a better life where he can live as freely as possible, and with other macaques. He will likely be experiencing grass, trees and proper diet for the first time in his life.
Please check out our Primate Rescues webpage in the coming days to see new pictures, video and updates as we welcome our newest resident.
For the primates,
P.S. Rescuing primates is what we do at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary, but we cannot do that without significant financial support. Please consider making a generous donation to our Rescue & Rehabilitation Fund so that we can provide lifetime care to the Mississippi macaque — and to the hundreds of other monkeys who call our sanctuary home.
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