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Dying Chimpanzee Resists Food Until She Hears Her Longtime Caregiver’s Voice

Mama the chimpanzee has been acquainted with Professor Jan van Hooff since 1972. He is an emeritus professor of behavioral biology at Utrecht University. She was the matriarch of a colony that was co-founded by him. It was the first colony raised in a zoo and was also the focus of the study on monkey behavior. Frans de Waal, who has researched the colony since 1974, describes his findings in “Chimpanzee Politics.”

But now when Mama was 59 years old and was about to pass away, she turned down the food and drink that zoo staff members offered her. She appeared to be aware of the impending doom. The last week of the chimpanzees’ lives was drastically altered by a call made by the staff of the Royal Zoo in Arnhem, Netherlands, where Mama was housed.

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They got in touch with her caretaker, professor Van Hooff, who didn’t think twice about coming to say his friend’s final goodbyes. The event ended up being one of the most charming and heartwarming human-animal interactions ever.

Mama was curled up in a ball and unable to elevate her head when Mr. Van Hooff arrived at the zoo. She initially didn’t realize the professor was there, but as she heard his voice, she temporarily regained her power, and the meeting’s outcome is extremely touching.

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One week after saying farewell to her friend, Mama passed away, but not before she conveyed to us a priceless lesson about love and emotions. This heartwarming scene captured on film will answer any misgivings you may have had about an animal’s sense of love, affection, and dedication.

In the book “Chimpanzee Politics,” Frans de Waal’s Chimpanzee Politics received praise for its pioneering scientific research from primatologists as well as from corporate executives, legislators, and social psychologists for its extraordinary insights into the most fundamental human desires and behaviors.

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25 years later, this work is still regarded as a classic. This anniversary edition is a full and completely captivating explanation of rivalries and coalitions—actions governed by intelligence rather than instinct—and features a new introduction with the latest insights from the author. We are reminded once more by de Waal that the origins of politics go back further than humankind as we observe the chimpanzees of Arnhem act.

Finally, feel free to let us know your thoughts and emotion about this touching story!

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