Adie Timmermans is a Belgian woman who has been a regular visitor to the Antwerp Zoo in recent times. So much so that she has developed a close relationship with one of the chimpanzees that live in this enclosure.
However, now those responsible for the zoo have been prohibited her from entering because her presence is endangering the life of the animal.
According to Newsweek, the woman had been visiting the zoo every week for about four years. But above all, her interest was in Chita, a 38-year-old chimpanzee with whom she admits having established a special relationship:
“I love that animal and he loves me.” But for the managers of the enclosure, it is a problem and serious.
A spokesperson explained that “when Chita is constantly surrounded by visitors, the other chimpanzees ignore him and do not consider him part of the group, although it is important to him.
Then he sits alone outside visiting hours.” So they made a tough determination: to ban Adie Timmermans from harming the animal.
“We are having an affair”
However, this decision has been a blow to the woman: “I have nothing else. Why do you want to take that away from me? We are having an affair, I would say.
Dozens of other visitors can make contact. So why not me? ” But those responsible for the zoo are clear: “An animal that concentrates too much on people is less respected by its companions. We want Chita to be a chimpanzee as much as possible.”
Chita has been living in the Antwerp Zoo for the past 30 years. His caregiver, Sarah Lafaut, remembers that she came here after living with a person as a pet, but that she became “unruly.”
Later, he was able to learn the behavior of primates thanks to their life together at the zoo, but he still has a bond with humans.
In fact, a 2014 study revealed that chimpanzees separated from their mothers at a young age and raised by humans had “social deficiencies” years later.
Now, the zoo managers do not want Chita to suffer the emptiness of the rest of her fellow species and, therefore, they will not let Adie Timmermans visit her again.