Posts tagged ‘chimp’

September 27, 2018


by duncanr

I first learnt about Lucy, a young chimp reared by an american couple in their home as part of their family and taught to communicate with her human ‘parents’ via American Sign Language (ASL) when I was a Psychology student in the ’70s and was both fascinated by her story and yet sad at the same time that she had been taken from the wild and forced to live in an un-natural environment

delighted then to stumble across this video this morning and learn that she did not die in captivity but was set free and allowed to live the rest of her life in the wild with the companionship of other chimps

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January 25, 2013

Chimp Wraps up Well to face Winter Cold

by duncanr

It’s not just folk that are feeling the cold in the UK right now. Animals too are feeling the chill. This lass in the Welsh valleys, for instance, has taken to wrapping up in a blanket before going outside

August 14, 2011

Curious Chimp Spies Camera

by duncanr
October 27, 2009

Saying Goodbye to Dorothy

by duncanr

goodbyeDorothy450Fellow chimps at the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center in Cameroon, West Africa watch in silence as the body of one of their own is wheeled to her final resting place

Whereas in the past, the idea that animals grieve for the loss of a companion was dismissed as being anthropomorphic more recent studies have led many scientists to revise their opinion.

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February 17, 2009

TV Star shot dead

by duncanr

Travis, a 15yr old chimpanzee raised as a human, who appeared on TV in USA, was killed yesterday.

The chimp attacked a female visitor come to see his ‘owner’, Sandra Hergold.

Ms Hergold stabbed Travis several times with a large butcher’s knife in an attempt to save her friend. He retreated only when police arrived on the scene but was shot several times by an officer as he tried to get in to a patrol car.

Police followed the trail of blood as Travis retreated back into the house to his ‘nest’ area where he died.

It is thought his change of temperament may have resulted from a recent bout of Lyme disease.

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