orphaned baby chimpanzee is learning how to cling
Baby chimpanzees need intensive maternal care. In nature they cling to their mothers 24 hr a day, grasping on to body hair by their hands and feet. The grasping power of the feet is relatively weak so that chimpanzee mothers almost always support the infant by embracing it with one hand. In the first 3 months, the mother and her infant are never separated but remain physically attached. Then, the infant starts to stand on its limbs and gradually becomes independent from the mother.
Mini Winnie is an orphan and in the video you see that her caretaker is teaching her how to hold on her human ‘surrogate mother’.
In the second half of the video you see one of the ‘lucky’ babies in our sanctuary, who is being raised by his own mum and already learned how to cling.
Support us this #GivingDayforApes to keep our sanctuary running. Wether it’s a donation towards milk for the babies, medication for a sick chimp or maintenance of our enclosures. Every penny counts.