Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Chimps Pay Their Respects

An amazing photo.
A family of chimpanzees rush to a perimeter fence to mourn the death of a fellow ape.

They stand silently in line with their hands resting on each others’ shoulders for comfort as the elderly chimp, who was in her 30s, is buried.

The extraordinary photograph was taken by Monica Szczupider, a worker at the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Centre in Cameroon.

Ms Szczupider, 30, said Dorothy, who died of heart failure, was a “prominent figure” in a group of about 25 chimps.
“I cannot emphasise enough how silent and still they were. Chimpanzees are typically not like that. They are loud, with short attention spans. It was unbelievably emotional. We were all struck.”

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