Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Chimpanzees' Grief Caught On Camera In Cameroon

chimp funeral
More than a dozen chimps stand in silence watching from behind their wire enclosure as Dorothy, a chimp in her late 40s who died of heart failure, is wheeled past them.

The chimps are from the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center in Cameroon. Locals from the village work as "care-givers" for the orphaned animals whose mothers were all killed for the illegal bushmeat trade.

The photo was taken by Monica Szczupider, who was working at the centre.

Speaking about Dorothy, Miss Szczupider, 30, said the chimp was a "prominent figure" within a group of about 25 chimps.

"Chimps are not silent. They are gregarious, loud, vocal creatures, usually with relatively short attention spans", she said.

"But they could not take their eyes off Dorothy, and their silence, more than anything, spoke volumes."

Full story here.


Carole said...

Terribly sad and touching.And very telling about us and our ancestors.

Animal Fact Finder said...

I'm so glad to see this chimp funeral getting so much media attention. Not only is it fascinating, but I also hope it will help people realize how special chimps are and help stop the hunting of chimps for bushmeat.