She Was Being Sold Out Of A Backpack. Now, She Has Met Some Friends For The First Time!Ashley Maisano
A group of teachers were traveling through villages of Cameroon, Africa, when two little boys came up to them. They were selling something out of their backpack, and when they unzipped it, the teachers couldn’t believe their eyes. In the backpack was a baby chimp with swollen eyes. That chimp had no idea that her life was about to change.
The teachers got the chimp and brought her to Ape Action, Africa’s Mefou Primate Sanctuary. They named her Paula and got her started on her road to recovery. She was extremely malnourished, but slowly gained her strength back after she was fed plenty of food.
Once she was back to being in good health, they decided to introduce Paula to two other chimps, Larry and Daphne. Daphne was rescued at four months old in 2014 after authorities confiscated ape body parts from traffickers, with her being the lone surviving baby. Larry was rejected by his mom when he was a few weeks old, so the sanctuary raised him by hand.
All three chimps had rough pasts, but now they don’t have to worry anymore. They are safe, healthy, and most importantly, they are loved. And now they have each other! They enjoy playing together and acting as a little family, learning from each other how to be chimps again.
“Since being introduced to Daphne and Little Larry, our newest addition Paula has become more confident with her new friends,” Ape Action Africa wrote. “Daphne — a daredevil climber — has taken Paula under her wing and as a result, little Paula is climbing to new heights. She follows closely behind Daphne, testing vines, making calculated jumps, and recovering easily when she falls.”
Larry doesn’t like climbing as much, but enjoys exploring the forest floor. Daphne took on the older sibling role just fine. “Daphne has keen social insight — quickly assessing skirmishes between the others,” Ape Action Africa wrote. “At this young age, it is common for chimps to feel jealous of each other, but they also bond well and we are confident that the trio will soon be a tight-knit family.”