Consider the stories that animals could tell us if only we could comprehend what they were saying.
That’s the situation the crew at Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary (TCS) is in as they care for Tigo and Linda, two rescued chimps.
A family in Sierra Leone imprisoned Linda and Tigo in little bamboo cages for years.
Such diseases, unfortunately, are frequent in exotic pet animals.
The two chimps were captured earlier this year by Sierra Leone’s National Protected Area Authority and sent to TCS, a sanctuary for chimps who cannot live in the wild.
Since then, the couple has had the opportunity to mature and grow in a secure environment.
“They both have really large personalities that have really begun showing out,” TCS posted last month on Facebook.
“Linda is quite lively and spends the entire day swinging in her enclosure’s ropes or creating nests.”
“Tigo is a highly loud monkey who gives us numerous stories every day,” the researchers stated. “We simply wish we were more proficient in ‘chimp’ so we could understand what they were all about.”
After a month, the two are still making progress, having passed their second health check and being active in their new surroundings.
Since the chimps arrived at TCS, the staff has separated them from the other chimps until it is evident that they will not spread illness to the rest of the group.
If they stay healthy, they will have even more exciting days ahead of them when they meet their new family at the sanctuary.
Learn more about the rescued chimps of Sierre Leone by visiting Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary’s Facebook page.