Yes, the little baby chimp confiscated end of June is now settling in very well and is doing great.
[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/jYFAeYb_cHI" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] Playing outside
Healthy but rather tiny, she hasn’t been set in our quarantine quarters because she manages to crawl through the bars and to escape….
That’s the reason why VIDA spends her days with Papa Augustin in the open air, in a bushy area of the complex and enjoys climbing trees, playing in the dust, running around, etc.
When she arrived, Vida didn’t have a lot of activities during her first two days. The baby was exhausted, had flu, and slept a lot!!! A real marmot!
[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/6FywI-9D0o0" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] Vida sleeping
Because of her flu, she spent her first days at my place for further observations. Vida regularly went in the garden and we noticed this baby chimpanzee wasn’t scared of dogs at all and had quickly developed a strong friendship with my dogs… Amazing!
They had such fun together, played hide and seek and teased one another the way best friends can do…
That’s how we realised that Vida probably had been kept in a house with dogs and now we understood why she had refused nipples since the early beginning and why she was happy to have her water and food served in a bowl or on a small plate. Vida had seen the dogs eating such way and it was normal to her to imitate the friends she had at that time….
Today Vida has been trained to have food just the way the other chimps have and she has progressed lot.
She really enjoys nipples now and keeps/collects her food in her little hands.
Vida is adjusting very well and won’t have problems in integrating the infant group which she observes from the outside already. Vida is still separated from the others (quarantine) and will join Santa, Maïka, Elia and the others in a near future…
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