Lulah is a female chimpanzee of about 20 years ago. She arrived at the sanctuary in December 2020 and had been the surrogate mom of baby Sania till this latter left us (birth defect).
Traumatized because of the loss of the baby, Lulah was changed facilities and we decided to introduce her to a group of sub-adult chimpanzees. Everything went on smoothly and well: some females seemed a bit jealous when the newcomer arrived, but the boys were delighted and calmed things down!!
Lulah has been in Tika’s group for several weeks. However, a recent event changed the situation: when playing with her friends, Lulah fell of the jungle gym and broke her left forearm. Chimps usually have thicker bones than humans and this is why the vet surgeons called in emergency to operate confirmed the female could have a lack in calcium and that she should take in calcium/vitamin supplements – especially since she is about 20.
The operation lasted a few hours and Lulah did great.
Today, Lulah is isolated in low cage to prevent her to climb and to use her arm. The vet is cleaning her wound every day and she is okay with that. So far, the chimp hasn’t touched the stitches, so, we keep our fingers crossed!!!
Many thanks to all the people who helpd Lulah and took part in this huge operation!!