Caged Monkey Finally Feels Some Love and Hugs Her Rescuer

Poor boy was so desperate for love!
Khai Now has been living in a small wire cage for the past seven years. As a macaque, he was devastated at the tiny space with no chance to jump or climb around. All he did was sit huddling into a corner.

Khai Now was possibly someone’s pet until he was abandoned at a temple in Rayong Province, Thailand. This was the backstory of not only Khai Now, but a hundred caged animals who were also living there.

Passersby would throw garbage, food scraps and also alcohol at Khai Now’s cage, without any care in the world for his health—physically and emotionally.
Caged Monkey Finally Feels Some Love and Hugs Her Rescuer
However, Khai Now’s fate was about to take an exciting turn. Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT) sent a team of rescuers to check on him and planned rescue of all the caged animals in the property. Upon arrival, they were watching something utterly bittersweet.

The Project Director of WFFT, Tom Taylor reached Khai Now’s cage, seeing him crouched down like a ball, hiding his face.
Caged Monkey Finally Feels Some Love and Hugs Her Rescuer

When Taylor started gradually to walk closer, Khai Now immediately recognised a friendly face and reached his tiny hand out through the cage bars towards him.

When Taylor put his hand up to the cage, Khai Now held his finger and gripped it tightly—he was desperate to have a company, and he had finally found someone to trust.
Caged Monkey Finally Feels Some Love and Hugs Her Rescuer

After comforting Khai Now by standing and talking to him for a while, Taylor gave him some water to drink. Not long after that, the monkey was at his new home at the WFFT sanctuary.

“Khai Now is a gentle soul,” Taylor said. “He wanted nothing more than to groom me, or hold me for comfort.”
Caged Monkey Finally Feels Some Love and Hugs Her Rescuer

Khai Now is extremely weak and underweight, since he had lived at the temple for so long. Moreover, he also displays symptoms of behavioural problems because of being trapped in a cage without any other monkeys around for so long.

“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,” Taylor explained. “There are numerous benefits of social grooming including improved hygiene, the release of endorphins and the reduction of stress.”
Caged Monkey Finally Feels Some Love and Hugs Her Rescuer

It surely is going to be a while before Khai Now wholly heals from the trauma his life gave him and becomes ready to meet others in his species. Meanwhile, he will be staying in a large enclosure at the sanctuary where he can jump and climb freely as much as he wants. He also has delicious fruits to indulge, which he probably never got a chance to in his previous lifestyle.
Caged Monkey Finally Feels Some Love and Hugs Her Rescuer

Although life has given Khai Now every good reason to hate humans, he is evidently ready to trust them again.

“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,” Taylor said.

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