By Hayley Pugh
An endangered gibbon has been rescued after he was discovered living in a tiny cage filled with TEN YEARS worth of rubbish.
The critically endangered Northern white-cheeked gibbon was found locked in a make-shift shack with a deep layer of rubbish and rotting food covering the floor.
The gibbon, called Thong, had been trapped inside for a whole decade and had been fed water and snacks from plastic containers which were thrown inside the cage.
Rescuers from the Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT) were contacted by Thong’s owner and they immediately swooped in to free the ape.
Her owners had bought her as an infant from a market in Bangkok ten years ago.
Following the brutal murder of her mum, Thong had been illegally poached from the wild and smuggled into Thailand to be sold as a pet, before being locked away in the filthy make-shift cage.
Rescuers from WFFT were forced to sedate her and break into the cage – which had no door.
Thong is now recovering from her horrific ordeal at the WFFT Quarantine Area and it is hoped she will be able to re-socialise with her own species.
A spokesperson at WFFT said: “We were sent a photo of her in the terrible enclosure and we had to save her from this hell hole so we headed out first thing in the morning to free her.
“It took us three hours to reach the home where was kept.
“Upon arrival we were shocked to find a tiny plastic filled make-shift shack behind a garage with this very special intelligent primate locked inside.
“The floor was layered deep with trash and rotting food, after 10 years of being fed water and snacks from plastic containers you can imagine the immeasurable quantity of rubbish she was forced to live on top of, she slept, ate and defecated all in this one space.
“With only three small holes that she was able to pop her head to out to see what was going on in the outside world.
“For now, Thong is safe in the WFFT Quarantine Area, we hope that in the future she will be able to re-socialise with her own species, this will take time, we will give her the best chance at a new life we can.”