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Wounda Means Close to Dying

Like so many, I love Jane Goodall. Here is a heart warming clip that you may have already seen of Wounda, a severely emaciated chimpanzee who was nearly dead when she was brought to the Jane Goodall Institute Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of the Congo (wow, say that 5 times fast). In the Congo, the word Wounda means close to dying. Wounda’s parents had been killed by poachers, and having been left to fend for herself, Wounda became quite ill before rescuers spotted her. Dr. Goodall later said that when she saw the photographs of Wounda, she didn’t understand how she could have possibly survived. After being given the first ever chimp to chimp blood transfusion in Africa, Wounda received a liter of milk every morning and slowly recovered. It took two years for the JGI staff to rehabilitate her, all while caring for dozens of other chimpanzees who were rescued from similar circumstances. 

And yet, there are still some who question whether non human animals can love. 

Click here to watch the video.

Source: Animalkind by Ingrid Newkirk

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