- At the same time, Antwerp zoo officials said the woman had nothing to do with the mood.
- If he befriends his visitors too much, the other monkeys will ignore him and isolate him from their group.
- Zoo officials say this is what the woman is forbidden to do.
Adi Timmermans regularly visits the 38-year-old chimpanzee at the Antwerp Zoo in Belgium for the past four years. According to Timmermans, a strong bond develops between them and the chimpanzee and they love each other. At the same time, Antwerp zoo officials said the woman had nothing to do with the mood.
“I love that animal (chimpanzee), he loves me. There is nothing between us. Then why do they want to take away the bond between us?” Adi Timmermans told ATV, a local news channel. “They have allowed dozens of other visitors to talk to the chimpanzee. Then why me this ban?”.
At the same time, according to the zoo’s explanation, Chitta’s friendship with the woman may cause problems for the animal’s well-being. The authorities want the animal to be happy. “An animal that gets a lot of attention from visitors will not be respected by its companions. The mind should not have such a situation. We want him to be as chimpanzee as possible,” zoo officials said.
“After the zoo’s visitation, he spends the rest of the day spending about 15 hours with other animals.