Gorgeous photos of a monkey who spent years chained to a tree hugs the man who saved her

As soon as John Grobler, a journalist from Namibia, Africa, laid eyes on the malnourished monkey chained between two trees, he knew he had to help her. John was visiting Angola for work when he passed Granja Pôr Do Sol, a private park in the southern suburb of Huambo. It was there that John first saw Leila, a four-and-a-half-year-old monkey.

John told The Dodo:

“I immediately saw this young monkey who was chained between two trees, she seemed to be in very bad condition. No one really cares about her. »

John began asking the locals about Leila and learned that someone had sold her to the park owner when she was just a baby, presumably after killing Leila’s mother for her meat.

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They told John that Leila was initially kept in a cage, but probably destroyed the cage and was then chained up. In addition to being chained, Leila was in direct sunlight and had no shelter. Life was extremely difficult for the young monkey.

A monkey with a past of chained years

To survive, Leila begged for food from people visiting the park. Unfortunately, the only food they found nearby was unhealthy stuff like fried chicken, pasta, and fries, along with beer and whiskey.

So that’s what poor Leila fed on for years. To stay hydrated, Leila had taken to drinking her own urine, John said. Leila had also been injured at some point, based on a scar John noticed on her head.

John says as follows:

“She was obviously very malnourished and in poor condition, and had been hit on the head with a machete at one point.”

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The man had no intention of staying long in this part of Angola, but he knew he couldn’t leave without saving Leila, however difficult or reserved that might be.

“I come from a line of people who love animals, so I saw this monkey, and I thought, ‘I have to do something about this, and I can’t let this happen.’ »

Unfortunately, Leila’s rescue was anything but simple. It’s technically illegal to keep a monkey as a pet in Angola, but there’s a lot of corruption in the country, and John figured he’d have to convince the right people to get her out of there and take her with him. .

He first contacted Dalene Dreyer, a Namibian woman who raised another orphan chimpanzee named George. When John asked her if she could take Leila until he found the next step, she agreed.

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John had to obtain a confiscation permit to take Leila away, and obtain a passport for Leila and update the rabies vaccination. He also had to find a driver and hire a carpenter to create a transport cage for Leila. Luckily, he enlisted the help of the Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation to raise the necessary funds, and Leila’s rescue became a reality.

While waiting to drive Leila to safety, John provided her with water and nutritious food such as coconuts. Interestingly, Leila was suspicious of anything she didn’t see John eat first, suggesting that people may have tried to poison him in the past.

A few weeks ago, the day has come for John to release Leïla from her chains and to take her to a new life.

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Leila is now with Dalene in Luanda, Namibia, and she is settling in well, according to John. Leila can spend at least the next year in Namibia, but John is planning that she will move to Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage in Zambia. After waiting, in a year or two, she will be released into the wild. Despite her inadequate upbringing, John believes Leila will be able to adapt easily to life in the wild.

“I think she will. She is very bright. »

But when it came time for John to return home to another part of Namibia, it was hard for him to say goodbye to Leila, John thinks Leila knew he was leaving.

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“I took her in my arms, and she put her arms around me. She could see my travel bags, so I think she understood. »

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