We are incredibly unaware of how animals can sometimes communicate with us, showing love and affection without using words. In their own language, they can be the most loving and enduring creatures for the ones they love. In the case of this 59-year-old ill chimp, nothing could make him eat or drink, before he recognized his old caretaker’s voice. Mama was the oldest chimpanzee and the matriarch of the famous chimpanzee colony of the Royal Burgers Zoo in Arnhem, the Netherlands. The week before she died, in April 2016, she had a lovely visit by Jan, who has known her since 1972. The emotional encounter was captured in a heartwarming video.
Mama played a truly important social role in the colony, which is actually famous for the important research on primate behavior. The research, later on, became a book named Chimpanzee Politics by Frans De Waal.
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In April, 2016, Mama was sick and rejecting food.
As soon as he heard the news, co-founder of the colony Jan van Hooff came to visit her.
Jan, who is a professor of behavioral biology at Utrecht University changed her lethargic state.
Mama, who was the matriarch of the famous chimpanzee colony of the Royal Burgers Zoo, had a hard time recognizing him.
Jon had known her since 1972 and they had shared a deep bond.
At first Mama, weak and seemingly accepting of her nearing end, didn’t recognize him. When she did, the emotions are clear for all to see and are beyond beautiful.
Mama passed away peacefully one week later.
Watch the video below to see the amazing bond that can be forged between animals and humans.
Source: Jan A R A M van Hooff
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