David wasn't the only one to be saved. The tourists also helped convince the circus to release King, a 12-year-old white-handed gibbon. Both David and King had been stolen from their families in the wild years ago. King was sold to the circus as a photo prop for tourists to pose with.
But King hated this kind of life. "King started to become aggressive and could no longer be handled by tourists, he continued to be beaten until his release yesterday," WFFT wrote. "He spent 12 years in a [small] enclosure, with nothing to protect him from the elements, nothing to climb on, no social interaction and only a bare concrete floor to sleep on."