Antwerp Zoo completely prohibits entry to the park to an everyday customer, too near a chimpanzee
By the editor
The story of Adie Timmermans and the chimpanzee Chita made the rounds within the Belgian media final yr. This very common (weekly) customer to Antwerp Zoo had seen her entry to the park restricted, following too frequent interactions with the 38-year-old monkey.
In tears following the zoo’s resolution, Adie Timmermans, a resident of Deurne, defined on the time to ATV that she had a particular friendship with Chita, who acknowledged her every time she got here to see her on the zoo, made her waving and blowing kisses by means of the glass of his enclosure.
Warned on a number of events by the Antwerp park that her conduct with the chimpanzee was dangerous to the animal, Adie Timmermans continued to hunt contact with Chita. This is the reason zoo officers have this time determined to completely ban him from coming into the park, reveals Het Laatste Nieuws.
” If this type of interplay with a customer occurs each every now and then, that is okay. Kids additionally play quite a bit with the animals in entrance of the home windows and 99.9% of tourists do the identical. However Madame Timmermans usually spends hours in entrance of the glass with Chita […] She was challenged by animal keepers, biologists and even different guests, however she all the time refused to observe the foundations of the park. That is why we’ve got now taken our obligations with a view to defend Chita “stated the spokesperson for the zoo to our colleagues.
Animal park officers are fearful concerning the chimpanzee as a result of by spending an excessive amount of time with Adie Timmermans, he does not slot in with the remainder of the group of monkeys. It is all of the extra problematic for Chita, who was raised as a human by his former house owners, who ultimately introduced him to the zoo 30 years in the past. The animal needed to be taught for a very long time to eliminate its “human” habits and perceive the way to behave like a chimpanzee.
Antwerp Zoo would subsequently not need to spoil the onerous work executed to date.
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