When they are born Chimpanzee infants weigh less than 3 lbs, and like human infants, they are extremely fragile and helpless. During the first months of life infants are completely dependent on their mothers for food and care. Well, an infant chimp named Keeva has not been so lucky, cause her mother was not adapting to motherhood appropriately, and was unable to care for Keeva.
People at the Maryland Zoo, where she was born, decided to separate her from the mother and hand-rear the baby. Meanwhile, they were searching for a surrogate mother for this 2.6-lb chimp, and with a help from the Chimpanzee Species Survival Plan (SSP) of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) they found a female chimpanzee who will be nurturing her. Keeva had to be moved to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo and introduced to a surrogate mother named Abby.
It is always wonderful to see endangered animals being rescued.