Dying 59 Yr-Old Chimp Refuses To Eat And Drink, But Watch When She Recognizes Old Friend
When it’s time to go, you just know. Mama, a 59-year-old matriarch of the Arnhem Zoo Chimpanzee community knew very well her time had come. She stopped fighting, she stopped eating and didn’t respond to her caretakers.
In a last ditch effort to get her to respond, they invited an old friend of hers. Professor Jan van Hooff and Mama have been friends since 1972 and so came to see his gravely ill friend. It took her awhile to become aware of his presence but when she recognized him, her reaction made me cry. They shared one last embrace before she passed away couple of days later. May she rest in peace.