Macros & Close-ups 9: Caged

Jessie T. Ponce Photography

“Caged”, Kiunga, Western Province, Papua New Guinea

I found this poor possum tightly caged and being sold as a pet at 80 Kina (around US$40) near a busy street in Kiunga.  I was saddened to see such a gentle creature once wild and free in the jungle now facing uncertainty in the hands of man.  But how can this concept be taught to the captor, an aging tribesman, who probably survived through the years foraging the jungle for whatever creature he could catch to trade for food and other necessities?

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