Chimps and humans have so much in common and it is no surprise to find that they also share many emotions.
Mama is a 59 year-old chimpanzee who was matriarch of the colony at the Royal Burgers Zoo in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Back in 1972 she met professor of behavioral biology Jan van Hooff. Since then they established a deep bond and even became friends. Unfortunately, she was coming to the end of her life…
Mama was very sick and unable to eat. She was lethargic and too weak to even raise her head. It seemed like she was accepting her near end as she did not even reacted to her friend’s visit. But, some time later, she recognized Jan’s voice and it ecstatically greeted and embraced him.
The big smile on her face said how much she loves and cares for him. It was so beautiful, but also heartbreaking to see this touching video. It brought to me tears that one week later, Mama passed away.