Alicia was sold into the Thai pet trade at just a few weeks old after her mother was killed, according to WFFT. By the time she was 6 weeks old she had already changed hands, and ended up in the care of someone who knew the little ape shouldn't be kept as a pet. But when he tried to relocate her to the local wildlife center, he was told that they weren't taking any more apes or monkeys.
Reluctant to keep her but knowing she couldn't be left on her own, this man tried to care for the ape as best he could. Alicia lived in a cage behind his home - small, but still better than what most victims of the pet trade experience - and was fed an expansive diet of fruit and vegetables. Still, Alicia was lonely in her rusty cage, and became more depressed as the years went on.