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59-Year-Old Dying Chimp Refuses Food, But Then She Recognizes Her Old Caretaker’s Voice
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59-Year-Old Dying Chimp Refuses Food, But Then She Recognizes Her Old Caretaker’s Voice

This is Mama, a 59 year-old chimpanzee who was matriarch of the colony at the Royal Burgers Zoo in Arnhem, the Netherlands. The colony is famous as the basis of groundbreaking research involving primate behavior, resulting in the book Chimpanzee Politics by Frans De Waal.

Back in April 2016 she was coming to the end of her life, sick and unable to eat. On hearing the news, co-founder of the colony and professor of behavioral biology Jan van Hooff came back to visit Mama and pay his last respects. He had known her since 1972 and the pair shared a deep bond.

At first Mama, weak and seemingly accepting of her nearing end, didn’t recognize Jan. When she does though, the emotions are clear for all to see and are just a thing of beauty. Watch the video below to see the amazing bond that can be forged between animals and humans, and don’t forget the Kleenex.

Mama passed away peacefully one week later.

H/t: Laughing Squid

This is Mama, a 59 year-old chimpanzee who was matriarch of the colony at the Royal Burgers Zoo in Arnhem, the Netherlands

She was coming to the end of her life, sick and unable to eat

Hearing the news, her old friend Professor Jan van Hooff came back to visit Mama and pay his last respects

At first Mama, weak and seemingly accepting of her nearing end, didn’t recognize Jan

When she does though, the emotions are clear for all to see

They had known each other since 1972 and they shared a deep bond

Watch the video below to see the amazing bond that can be forged between animals and humans, and don’t forget the Kleenex

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Marie-Eve Armand
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4 years ago

Stories about animals always make me cry. damn it

just a thought !
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4 years ago

This is so pure and heart warming, it just made me feel that there is still humanity in this world...

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Isabel Tamayo
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4 years ago

Really, sometimes, animals are better than some people.

David Cunningham
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4 years ago

All animals are better people than most people

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Mimis Nachbarin
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4 years ago

that is beautiful.

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Marie-Eve Armand
Community Member
4 years ago

Stories about animals always make me cry. damn it

just a thought !
Community Member
4 years ago

This is so pure and heart warming, it just made me feel that there is still humanity in this world...

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Isabel Tamayo
Community Member
4 years ago

Really, sometimes, animals are better than some people.

David Cunningham
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4 years ago

All animals are better people than most people

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Mimis Nachbarin
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4 years ago

that is beautiful.

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