Adie Timmermans was devastated to learn that a Belgian zoo stopped her visiting Chita, a 38-year old chimpanzee. Their relationship was considered unhealthy and he would not socialize with other chimps.
Since 2004, Ms. Timmermans visits Chita every week. They began to form a close friendship, which soon turned into an actual “relationship”. They would exchange kisses and waves during their visits.
She brokeheartedly told Antwerp TV that she loved the animal, and that he loves her. There is nothing else I can do. I don’t have anything else.
“We’re having an affair. I will just say. You are also allowed to contact dozens more visitors. Why not you?
Chita started life as a pet. She was eight years old when she was taken to the Zoo.
Although Chita has been in captivity for 30 years, his curiosity in people is still strong and officials at the zoo are concerned that Chita may never be able reintegrate with chimp society.
Publiated at Thu 26 August 2021, 15:23:00 +0000