Amazingly he did not appear frightened or aggressive in the presence of humans and actually held on tightly to the hands of his rescuers, as if he knew that they were the key to a change in his fortunes.
The rescue was carried out at considerable personal risk by a small group of dedicated people, but the details must remain undisclosed. It was vital to get Tom to a safer location, where longer term arrangements for his welfare could be made, before attempts were made by his former tormentors to try to get him back.
Thanks once again to the compassion and generosity of Emirates we were soon able to fly him to London and bring him to the sanctuary at Wales Ape & Monkey Sanctuary.
An emergency construction plan (left) swung into action at the sanctuary to build Tom a spacious home in which he could spend the quarantine period in comfort.
We decided to make an identical adjoining enclosure for Willie, another Baboon which Emirates had helped us to bring to Wales from Bahrain, in the hope that they would get on well and would then live together.
It is a miracle that Tom has survived his ordeal, and come through it with such a good demeanour. We have great hopes for him to enjoy a long and happy life with us at Wales Ape & Monkey Sanctuary.
Without the dedication and personal courage of thepeople at BETA Tom would not have survived in the Lebanon. We thank all the kind and courageous people who rescued Tom and went that extra mile to ensure that his suffering came to a speedy end. We also offer our sincere thanks to Supply Lane who provided all the shipping facilities and The Animal Reception Centre at Heathrow Airport who were more than helpful..
Tom is a baboon, but it is unlikely that he knows it.
He was discovered in Lebanon in a tiny cage, hidden behind a refuse bin. His cage was covered and filled with revolting refuse and he was in a miserable condition.
He was clearly no youngster and, to add further horror to his sad story, we discovered that he had been there for around five years.