This clip shows the touching friendship of 18 years between woman and chimp.
Anyone who says that animals aren’t capable of experiencing emotions similar to that which we call ‘human’ should take a look at this clip.
The touching bond that has spanned over 18 years is shown in this footage, where two chimps come to meet Linda Koebner, the woman who saved them all those years ago.
The clip is from the film Wisdom of the Wild, from Allison Argo’s PBS’s Nature Series.
The clip is particularly poignant if we remember that all across the world today chimps are still used in medical and other types of studies.
They are used as unwilling participants to meet whatever brief the researchers have set out for them.
They are treated as no better than a thing, and object to be experimented on, but if we observe footage such as this one it is impossible to ignore that they are so much more than that.
Remembering their rescuer, the chimps show an incredible memory, friendship and thanks, attributes which are not normally associated with ‘wild’ animals.
This shows just how strong a friendship can be created if we break down the barriers between man and animal, and to stop using them as our playthings, instead treating them as a species which is deserved of respect that we would show to our fellow man.
Doll and Swing, the two chimps in this clip are cheeky and friendly, it is hard to watch this without a smile on your face!
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