During Mali’s quarantine period, which new arrivals usually spend away from humans to acclimate other monkeys, her former owner trespassed onto the sanctuary property. She slipped Mail milk, ice cream and candy and tried cuddling her.
“This is the period where the monkeys are slowly given time to get used to life without humans,” rescuers said. “They get a chance to see other members of the same species, and begin to learn to be a monkey again.”
To ensure Mali’s new life wasn’t compromised by her former owner, she was brought to a new enclosure to live with 19 other rescued macaques. Many were also victims of the wildlife trade — and are now learning how to be part of a family just like Mali.