Belgian banned from zoo due to close relationship with chimpanzee
A woman very attached to a male chimpanzee living in a zoo in Antwerp, Belgium, was banned from said zoo because officials think the interspecies relationship they have established is bad for the chimpanzee and will negatively affect its ability to socialize with its own.
“I love this animal and he loves me,” Adie Timmermans reportedly told regional news channel ATV, as transcribed by LADBible.
Timmermans, who was visibly upset while speaking to Belgian media (evidence in the video above), says she has visited the chimpanzee, whose name is Chita, every week for the past four years.
These visits would have seen the two kissing and greeting each other through the glass of the primate enclosure.
Timmermans thinks Chita feels the same for her as she does for him.
It’s no surprise that people who work at the zoo noticed this, and then stepped in because Chitah was rejected by his fellow monkeys.
“When Chita is constantly surrounded by visitors, the other animals ignore her and don’t see her as part of the group,” zoo curator Sarah Lafaut told ATV.
“An animal that is too human-centered is less respected by its peers. We want Chita to be as much of a chimpanzee as possible.
Being hunted by her fellow monkeys can cause Chita to be alone when the humans are not in the park, which is a major issue as there are 15 hours a day outside of visiting hours.