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Girl banned from zoo after unhealthy relationship with chimp: ‘He loves me’

Neglect a monkey’s uncle, this lady needs to be one’s spouse.

A monkey-loving lady has been banned from visiting a male chimpanzee at a zoo in Antwerp, Belgium, after officers declared their relationship unhealthy for the animal’s socialization with different chimps.

“I like that animal and he loves me,” Adie Timmermans informed Belgian channel ATV of her simian soulmate, in accordance with LadBible.

The heartsick lady had reportedly been visiting the male chimp, named Chita, on a weekly foundation for 4 years in what she described as an actual “relationship.”


Throughout their visits, the 2 bar-crossed lovers would reportedly blow kisses and wave to one another by way of the glass of the primate’s enclosure — though fortunately they didn’t interact in any interspecies whoopie.

Nonetheless, Timmermans believes that their attraction is mutual.

Sadly, the zoo has since put the kibosh on their unorthodox love affair because it’s reportedly induced Chitah to get shunned by his fellow apes.

“When Chita is consistently surrounded by guests, the opposite animals ignore him and don’t contemplate him a part of the group,” zoo curator Sarah Lafaut informed ATV of the primate pariah, who reportedly spends 15 hours — exterior of human visiting instances — utterly alone as the results of his banishment.

Lafaut defined, “An animal that’s too targeted on individuals is much less revered by its friends. We wish Chita to be a chimpanzee as a lot as potential.”

Timmermans, for one, is devastated over her ex-communication from the zoo. 

“I haven’t bought the rest,” the heartbroken gal protested. “Why do they need to take that away?’

She added that her exile was particularly unfair as different zoo-goers are nonetheless allowed to go to her primate paramour.

Sadly, the ban might finally show futile: Zoo officers don’t suppose that Chita will ever be capable of re-integrate into chimp society as his publicity to people started at an early age

Initially a pet, the younger chimp was donated to the wildlife facility at an age when he turned unmanageable and has spent 30 of the final 38 years in captivity, LadBible reported.


In consequence, Chita could be very pleasant with individuals to the detriment of his relationship along with his personal sort. He was even significantly injured throughout a 2008 struggle with different male chimps.

Certainly, researchers from Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo have discovered that chimpanzees raised by people had difficulties integrating with different chimps with social deficiencies lasting for many years after their launch from captivity.


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