Friday, February 06, 2009

Friday Monkey Blogging: Baby Chimp Flies to Germany on Commercial Jet


As I mentioned a couple of months ago, I have started a regularly recurring blog entry meme every Friday afternoon, inspired by Bruce Schneier's regular series of "Friday Squid Blogging" posts, and my very own maddening Monkey Theory.

Here is this week's installment.

Via The Telegraph.

Wrapped in a white cotton cloth, three-month-old bonobo Bili sat amongst other bemused passengers on the flight to Frankfurt.

The tiny ape who was rejected by his birth mother Maringa at Twycross Zoo flew nearly five hundred miles to meet its new foster family.

Bili was carried on to the plane in a soft cotton security blanket he had been nursed in since birth.

He was left to enjoy the in-flight entertainment as he snuggled into the arms of his new German Keeper, who had flown to the UK a few days previously.

Kim Riley at Twycross Zoo said: "We were so excited when we found out Bili had a foster family to go to.

"We've never had any of our animals travel on board an aircraft before- but he is just like a little baby.

"The keeper from Frankfurt Zoo had bonded with him over the past few days and Bili had started stretching his arms out to him for cuddles before they left."

Staff at Twycross took on the role of surrogate parents after Bili was rejected by its mother in October.

More here.

Image source: The Telegraph /Caters News Agency


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