It’s widely known that apes and monkeys have the ability to think and feel just like humans. So we can only imagine what Juwa thought when he saw his mother die in front of him.
He was just a baby when his mother was killed by a group of soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the blink of an eye, he became an orphan and a prisoner. The soldiers captured him and threw the poor boy in a windowless room for months while they looked for a buyer.
When their attempts to sell baby Juwa were met with defeat, an aid worker convinced the soldiers to do the right thing. That’s where the Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Centre came in.
Before he was rescued, Juwa spent months in dark captivity. He was so stressed by his situation that he began pulling the hair off his forearms. When he was found, the poor boy was starving, dehydrated, filthy, and even had a rope embedded in his ankle.
Luckily, though, the workers scooped him up and took him back to where he could sit in the sun all day long.
Today, Juwa is living with a surrogate mother. It will take some time for him to make a full recovery — both mentally and physically — but his rescuers are optimistic!
He’ll even get to play around with the other young chimps at the centre.
(via LittleThings )
If you’d like to help more chimps like Juwa lead the life they deserve, consider heading over to the Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Centre to donate today. Juwa’s story is just one of many, and with your help, these volunteers can work to bring more chimps like him to the centre for treatment and a loving atmosphere.