Max is one of the smallest species of monkey in the world, a marmoset. He’s the newest arrival at Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT), but he’s also a far away from home. Marmosets aren’t native to Thailand they come from South America.
Yet Max, who is estimated to be between 3 and 4 months old, was found nowhere near a lush jungle nor by his mother’s side. Instead, he was the pet of a street food vendor. According to WFFT, Max was rescued by a concerned local in Bangkok. His rescuer kept him for a month before finally surrendering him to WFFT, where he’d have a better chance of survival.
“He would still be very dependent on the care of his parents and other family members at this young age,” WFFT wrote on Facebook. “Animals that are taken away from their mother at a very young age often suffer from malnutrition and various other ailments brought on by this event throughout their lives.”
Thankfully, little Max was found to be in relatively good health, save for being underweight, after getting a checkup from WFFT veterinarians. Now in the organization’s care, he is receiving around-the-clock treatment, getting spoiled with toys and his very own little blanket to stay cozy in.
Sadly, Max’s story is not a unique one. “This species is increasingly seen on the exotic pet market here in Thailand,” WFFT wrote. “Populations are declining through habitat destruction in many parts of their distribution, this is further exacerbated by the capture for the exotic pet trade. They are one of the most commonly bred species in captivity, in zoos worldwide, but also for the pet trade, and for medical testing.”
Although the common marmoset is not listed as an endangered species, habitat destruction and the exotic pet trade are very real threats that could change that status in the future.
Luckily for Max, he managed to make his way into the best hands possible and hopefully, will be able to return to wild one day soon.
To help WFFT in its fight against the illegal pet trade, you can make a donation here. You can find more photos of Max below.
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