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Her Mom Was Killed For Meat, And She Was Next. But Fate Stepped In And Led Her To Someone Special

Missa the baby baboon was left without a mother when she was killed for bushmeat. Missa’s fate was most likely the same as her mother’s; she’d live her life alone until poachers got ahold of her. And that didn’t take long.

Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro

Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro

She was in the hands of a poacher, but thankfully she was found by park rangers in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and that bleak fate soon changed. The poacher who had her has since been arrested and charged for killing animals like Missa’s mom.

Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro

Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro

The baby baboon was then flown to the Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro’s rehabilitation center (CRPL). There, she was taken great care of and was slowly but surely able to regain her strength.

Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro

Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro

To help Missa feel less alone, they paired her with an older baboon named Grace, who was rescued from a hotel where she was found alone in a tiny cage. The two of them got along great and formed a close bond immediately.

Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro

Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro

Life without a mother seems nearly impossible and is absolutely heartbreaking, but now Missa has someone to look up to who makes a great adoptive mother.

Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro

Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro

Both of these baboons came from rough pasts, but fate brought them together to help each other heal.

Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro

Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro

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Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pig on her lap.