‘The world’s loneliest gorilla’ will spend his 40th Christmas in a cramped cage (photo)

A zoo owner says he treats the primate like his own daughter, but animal activists say the gorilla suffers from depression.

Bua Noi, the gorilla who has been living alone in a small concrete area in Thailand’s Pata Zoo for nearly 40 years, will spend his 40th Christmas in captivity. The tabloid newspaper Daily Star writes about this.

Despite efforts by celebrities and human rights activists to have him released, the zoo owner refuses to sell him for less than £700,000 (33.4 million hryvnia).

Zoo owner Kanit Sermsirimongkol said Bua Noi was in good condition and that he cared for her “like his own daughter.” However, animal activists say that the gorilla suffers from depression and other psychological problems due to being left alone for long periods of time.

“Bua Noi is living in conditions that can be described as abusive,” said Jason Baker, senior vice president of PETA Asia. “He is confined to a small cage where he cannot move freely or communicate with other gorillas.”

Bua Noi was brought to Thailand from Africa in 1983 when he was just two years old. It was purchased by Pata Zoo, located in the Pata Pinklao store on the sixth and seventh floors.

Pata Zoo has long been known for the poor living conditions of its animals. In 2020, a fire broke out at the zoo, resulting in the death of many animals.

Cher, Gillian Anderson and other celebrities have spoken out in support of the closure of Pata Zoo and the release of Bua Noi.

Let us remind you that scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, USA, conducted a new study on great apes. The study looked specifically at bonobos (pygmy chimpanzees) and chimpanzees. It turns out that these monkeys have long-term memory.

Source: Focus

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