Are you ready to ugly-cry? Here’s an amazing and touching story about Mama, a chimp who seemed to have only been waiting for one person before dying.
It seems that bonds that connect people can transcend even to animals, as this touching story out of the Royal Burgers Zoo in the Netherlands proves.
Mama, a 59-year old chimpanzee was the matriarch of a colony of chimps at the Arnhem, Netherlands zoo and according to a report from the Independent, became known as ‘Mama’ due to her dominant nature.
She was born in the wild, then settled in at the zoo to become its “grand lady” of the chimpanzee community there.
In April last year she acquired a terminal illness and had gotten very weak, preferring to curl up in a ball alone.
It even came to a point that she refused to eat or drink anything because she simply didn’t have the strength to do so.
Prof. Jan Van Hooff, a Dutch biologist and one of the first to take care of Mama, has known the chimpanzee since 1972, according to The Independent.
The professor decided to pay the old chimpanzee a visit for one last time. The footage was captured and posted to his Youtube page.
You can see that Mama doesn’t seem to recognize him at first, but when she does, she breaks into a toothless smile for the professor, seeming to gain all her vigor back at the sight of her old caretaker and friend.
She touches his face, the back of his head in a loving manner, and even brings van Hooff close for an embrace.
The footage shows she even eats a little bit when the professor feeds her. Mama then died a week after the visit.
After her death, Frans de Waal, a behavioural scientists who worked with her said that she had an “exceptionally strong and dominant personality.”
“So that no man who wanted to come to power could do so around her. She also brought consolation when there were tensions and mediated conflicts,” added de Waal.
“She will be sorely missed, also by me, because I have rarely seen such an admirable character in both humans and apes.”