Dying Chimpanzee, Mama Recognizes Old Human Friend Before Smiling And Embracing Him

Submitted by: daegog 1 month ago in News & Politics


From Jan van Hooff: Mama, 59 years old and the oldest chimpanzee and the matriarch of the famous chimpanzee colony of the Royal Burgers Zoo in Arnhem, the Netherlands, was gravely ill. Jan van Hooff (emeritus professor behavioural biology at Utrecht University and co-founder of the Burgers colony) who has known Mama since 1972, visited her in the week before she died of old age in april 2016. It took a while before she became aware of Jan's presence. Her reaction was extremely emotional and heart-breaking. Mama played an important social role in the colony. This has been described in "Chimpanzee Politics" by Frans de Waal, who studied the colony since 1974.
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Male 8,071
Animals aren't just animals, anyone that doesn't think they have feelings need help.
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Male 3,879
normalfreak2 OR maybe they are, its just that we are just animals too.
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Male 8,071
daegog touche  We are all given a chance at life, luckily for me as a human I've been given the perception of free will and reason and individuality.
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Female 415
With all the rubbish these days and the nauseating endless trump stories---this is has got to be the best 2017 video. Seriously touching. :(
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Male 3,879
Yeah, this is hard to watch, poor old chimp.  It's really nice that he came out to visit her one more time tho.
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Female 4,492
my eyes are sweating.
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Male 6,224
If you can imagine a time where no one grows too old or dies, and all humans and animals can live together like this video shows but a small piece of, you are beginning to approach the kingdom of God.
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Male 3,600
monkwarrior did you get enough fiber today?
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Male 6,224
rumham Interestngly, while i eat breakfast every day, that is a question in ponder about you almost every day.
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Male 602
that is a really nice thing to post
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Male 313
Animals are a lot more intelligent than we give them credit for.
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Male 3,600
Beaverfever yeh .http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/10/brain-scans-show-dogs-learn-when-sleeping-just-people
tried to post this to fancy but probably got beaten by a kardashian or 9/11 wack job post
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Male 313
rumham Damn.  Never knew that.  Nice link.
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Male 21,025
rumham I saw it, it'll go up this week, probably today. It's just that I have to write something for it -- that takes a little time. 

Also, Kardashian post? Where?
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Male 3,600
fancylad yeah i know. you caught me in a lie :P
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Male 21,025
Ugh. Gutted.

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