Massionilio Rocha lives in Piritiba, a semiarid region in Brazil’s northeast. For the better part of 20 years, he’s taken it upon himself to intervene on occasions that he sees wild-caught animals up for sale by people in his community — going as far as paying out of pocket to secure their freedom.
“I have been doing this for a long time,” Rocha told The Dodo. “Unfortunately, the police don’t always act, and there are no agencies around to prevent this practice.”
Recently, Rocha’s actions were caught on a video which has since gone viral. He’d encountered a young man who had captured a bird from the wild two days earlier. And, after a brief negotiation, the young man agreed to sell him the animal for the equivalent of about $3 USD.
What Rocha did next left the young man stunned.