Cher wants to help another animal after her success in freeing the “world’s loneliest elephant” in Pakistan.
Bua Noi, the gorilla, has spent the last three decades at the top of a Bangkok shopping mall. She was brought to Thailand in ’88, and has spent almost all her life in the private Pata zoo.
Cher has joined those calling for the gorilla’s release, and has written to Thailand’s environment minister, Varawut Silpa-archa, to express “deep concern” over Bua Noi’s living conditions, and those of other primates.
The animals have little stimulation and are confined in unnatural enclosures at the zoo, which is on the top floors of a department store. Bua Noi’s mate died more than a decade ago.
Free the Wild, a charity co-founded by Cher , has offered to fund the transfer of the gorilla to a sanctuary in the Republic of the Congo that would be
“a home of peace and dignity where she could live out her life in a natural environment and companionship with other species”.
Other animals at the zoo, including orangutans, bonobo and a gibbon, had been offered a home with the Wildlife Friends Foundation of Thailand, Cher said in her letter to Varawut.
Gorilla in the mist— Cher (@cher) December 6, 2020
THIS MAN IS MAKING💰OFF SUFFERING OF THESE POOR TRAPPED ANIMALS.I Wish This GREEDY MONEY HUNGRY MAN WOULD BE LOCKED IN CAGES WITH ANIMALS.I NEED TO JOIN WITH ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS ,& KIND PEOPLE OF BANGKOK.
On Twitter, Cher called upon the
“good people of Bangkok” to help her “stop the torturing of innocent animals. It Is a Sin. Please Help Me Bring Peace to these Animals. &Free Them From Pata Zoo … Shopping Mall.”
The owner of the zoo, Kanit Sermsirimongkol has rejected claims that the animals are poorly treated.
Last week, Cher travelled to a sanctuary in Cambodia after a successful campaign to relocate Kaavan from a zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Kaavan is now living in a wildlife sanctuary in Oddar Meanchey province, north-west Cambodia, where he will live with about 600 other elephants.
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(Photos, Wikimedia Commons, Free the Wild; via The Guardian)