Imagine your reaction if you were presented with a backpack by some kids, with goods for sale, and those “goods” turned out to be a baby chimp!
Well, this actually happened to a group of teachers visiting the remote villages of Cameroon two years ago. Baby Paula was, thankfully, bought by the teachers, then brought to a sanctuary called Ape Action Africa‘s Mefou Primate Sanctuary.
Paula needed around the clock care that the aid workers were happy to provide. As she gained strength, she also gained a family.
Paula met two other baby chimps, Larry and Daphne. Larry was rejected by his mother and became an orphan. Daphne’s story was a bit darker. She was found among ape body parts when traffickers were arrested. The tiny tot, at only four months old, desperately needed a second chance. And now she had one, and two new best friends.
The trio has formed a formed a beautiful, blended family. They climb trees together, groom one another and play!
A sad start at life is turning out to be the life a baby chimp could only wish for!
Watch as the three finally meet, after so much heartache. Their interaction is simply perfect!
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