The Chimp Eden Sanctuary has ripped my heart into little pieces.
Chimps share 98% of our DNA with us. They grow to the ripe old age of 75 in captivity. The love coke and they drink from their mothers until they are about 7 or 8. The want to touch each other and bond with each other and can form friendships with another chimp. The can get colds and the flu just like us. We can actually give them our germs and they’ll get sick from it. The loose their hair when stress.
A grown chimp has the mental capability of six year old child. You look into their eyes and you can see a kindred spirit there.
But we as humans still abuse them and mistreat them and use them in medical labs for experimentation. They are used for entertainment and tricks. A certain circus here in SA had a breeding pair which they just used to get new babies from to use in the circus tricks. Jessica the female’s hand is completely disfigured because they use to break her fingers if she grabbed people.
The grown chimps are bush meat – this is a delicacy in big cities all over the world. For me when we share 98% of our DNA with chimps, it is cannibalism. The adults are slaughtered for meat and little ones are orphaned or sold to be used as entertainment for tourists.
All but one of the 33 chimps at Chimp Eden was born in the wild.
Here are a few of their stories:
Cozzy: He was born in a lab and was experimented on in the US. He then somehow made his way to Italy where he was kept by a gypsy. The gypsy castrated him and put him in tight jeans which damaged his hips. He also has brain damage from repeated beatings on the head. Poor old Cozzy will still pose the moment he sees a camera. Cozzy also loves to throw rocks at people. There are actually mesh that people can hide behind if he starts throwing rocks. He is in the picture on the right hand side.
Another chimp was rescued from Liberia – this poor little thing was taught to behave like a boy. They shaved off all his hair except for the hair on his head. He was taught to eat with a knife and fork and to wash up after dinner.
Jessica was with a big circus here in SA and was used to breed cute babies but was also severely punished by breaking her fingers when she misbehaved.
Another had the hair on her arms shaved off to ensure that she stay clean. To this day the sanctuary must shave her arms or else she will pull all the hair out.
The stories go on and on and on.
For every 1 chimp rescued there is another 50 that is lost. And that is only the stuff I’m now aware of. How much of these atrocities go on around the world?
Apologies for the electric wire in all the photo’s. The chimps are still wild animals and for our safety and their own safety they are kept behind electric fencing so all my piccies were taken from outside the electric fencing.