‘The Loneliest Gorilla Alive’ Bua Noi spends another Christmas locked in a tiny cage in ‘the saddest place on earth’

THE ‘world’s loneliest gorilla’, tragically confined for most of her life in a tiny concrete cage, is set to spend another Christmas in ‘one of the saddest places on earth’.

Bua Noi has been trapped in her cage for over thirty years after countless efforts by international campaign groups and celebrities like Cher to save the lonely monkey.

The gorilla is set to spend another Christmas behind bars after being held at the controversial zoo for over thirty years

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The gorilla is set to spend another Christmas behind bars after being held at the controversial zoo for over thirty yearsPhoto credit: Rex
Bua Noi is Thailand's only living gorilla

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Bua Noi is Thailand’s only living gorillaPhoto credit: Rex

The gorilla has been caged at Pata Zoo in Thailand, which is located above a supermarket.

Her owner revealed he will only release Bua Noi if he pays up to £700,000, meaning she is likely to remain isolated throughout another festive season.

A 2019 report explained how the gorilla ripped out her hair and rolled around in her cage in fear.

Scenes from recorded footage also showed that she looked visibly depressed as she stared bored through the bars of her lonely cage.

Jason Baker, PETA Asia’s senior vice president, who has been campaigning for the gorillas’ release since 2012, said: “Bua Noi the gorilla is suffering extreme mental distress in the concrete enclosure where she has been confined for almost 40 years as most Thais have lived.

“PETA has repeatedly offered to place her and all of the other animals at Pata Zoo in reputable sanctuaries where they would have trees to climb, grass to roll and other animals to socialize with.

“This derelict facility is internationally condemned as one of the worst zoos in the world. All of the animals held in captivity there are confined in pitifully small, barren enclosures and lack sunshine, fresh air, and opportunities to exercise or engage in behaviors that are meaningful to them.”

Bua Noi was transferred to the mall from Germany when she was one year old and has been trapped in her cramped and dirty cage ever since.

Thai Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa also said he would like Bua Noi to be relocated to a protected area.

However, his secretary said: “We have conducted activities in the past to fight for Bua Noi’s release and to raise funds.

“We collected donations from Bua Noi supporters. But the problem is that the owner refuses to sell Bua Noi.

“When he agrees to sell her, the price is too high. Bua Noi is considered private property, so there is nothing we can do to remove it.”

Cher also previously tweeted, “This man does [money] of the suffering of these poor captive animals.

“I have to join animal rights activists and kind people from Bangkok.”

Pata Zoo is not only home to the sinister looking gorilla, but more than 200 species including tigers, bears and pythons.

A report from International Animal Rescue claimed some animals were left to die.

With another Christmas behind bars on the horizon, PETA’s Jason Baker added: “Every animal at Pata Zoo faces a life sentence – something even the toughest Thai criminals don’t get – because it’s just so different from humans.

“But they could live a meaningful life if they were relocated to a facility that would provide the mental stimulation and physical comfort of the natural environment they need.

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“We thank the Thai Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment for their efforts. I urge everyone to keep up the pressure on Pata Zoo and demand that PETA help place these animals in reputable sanctuaries that meet their physical and mental needs.”

Pata Zoo has defended their care for Bua Noi, with the director claiming criticism of their welfare “doesn’t concern me”.

PETA has campaigned for her release for over a decade, with celebrities including Cher taking to social media to call for her release

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PETA has campaigned for her release for over a decade, with celebrities like Cher taking to social media to call for her freedomPhoto credit: Rex

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