Meet the infants (1): Elia
Meet the infants (1): Elia

Meet the infants (1): Elia

Hello dear Friends,

 There are currently 10 very young ones in our infant group. Most of you already know Elia who arrived in November 2009 at our sanctuary and who had been kept in horrible conditions.

Africa (left) & Elia
Africa (left) & Elia

Well, we have good news  today for this 5-year-old female as the once called “bird-cage-chimp” has made soooo much progress!

Elia is the oldest orphan of our infant group
Elia is the oldest orphan of our infant group

Yes! Elia has now settled in completely and has her place in the group.

Elia high up in the trees
Elia high up in the trees

Elia likes to stay on her own, especially high up in the trees and she sometimes looks like a huge spider going from branches to branches.

Elia, a huge spider in the trees
Elia, a huge spider in the trees

The others of course join her and they have quite some fun chasing one another in the trees.

Elia chasing Kimo for fun
Elia chasing Kimo for fun

But Elia obviously still wishes to be alone, keeping her plastic bottle now and then and not sharing her nest at night with any one else…

alone in her nest at night
alone in her nest at night

However, for the last few weeks, she has put a lot of attention on baby Vida, the youngest baby of the group. Elia isn’t maternal at all, but we can feel that she now wishes to have contact and to play with the very young ones. Vida is her favourite friend and when Elia isn’t in the highest tree of the open air quarters, she is playing with baby Vida.

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We are pleased to see our former “autistic” friend behaving like this!

Elia & Vida playing
Elia & Vida playing

Our dearest wish is that she gets rid of her plastic bottle and that she has a good friend to share her days and her nights….

Elia grabbing Vida's foot
Elia grabbing Vida's foot

Again, well done Elia! You are doing great and we are all proud of you!

Roxane/J.A.C.K.

6 Comments

  1. This is the best news I could ever hope for! I’m so proud of her and the work you put into this intervention. As the next year passes, her developmental neurobiology will continue to respond, and the plasticity of her brain will allow for additional gains.

    Wonderful! Thank you again, Roxane, for bringing me in to help!

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