Great news for this week: SEKI, the chimp that was so humanized and had to learn to become a chimp again, has finally been introduced! Recent blood samples had showed the baby chimp was very healthy and ready to join the group.
Our little friend was really happy to explore the main enclosure and, of course, so excited to run in the open air. He explored nearly every place of his new environment !
Seki exploring his new environment
But, the young chimp was worried. He knew there were other chimps and had seen them. What was going to happen next?
Seki had met the eldest female, Shasa, before and that’s the reason why Shasa has been introduced firstly.
Anxious, the newcomer saw Shasa running towards him and, not knowing exactly what to do, opened his arms and welcomed the female with a big hug. This was magic, as both started playing, rolling and running around as if they had known each other for years !!
Shasa on top followed by Seki
Then, it was Chita’s turn to come in. He’s a very pacific leader and actually didn’t pay attention at all to the newcomer. Chita just wanted to pass by with his blanket; nothing else.
Chita with his blanket
Slowly by slowly, the other members of the group were allowed to meet the new chimp. All went fine and one young male, named Kala, always stayed behind Seki as if he were protecting him like a big brother. Kala has become Seki’s best friend.
Kala protecting Seki
Seki grooming Kala
Although no signs of fight nor of aggressivity were shown towards him, Seki remained on the defensive mainly when all the chimps of the group were outside.
As you can see, SEKI has been successfuly introduced. Because of his past in the expatriate family, Franck and I were worried to know how SEKI would manage all this and we now can say « Well done, SEKI «
Dear All, you know that I usually end my posts with the « Thank Yous ». Although I haven’t recieved last week’s PAYPAL report related to the donations for the purchase of that particular machine JACK needs, I already thank most of you as I know many of you have made donations. Once I get the PAYPAL report, a post will be written on donations only . Sorry about this….