Poachers killed her mother and tried to kidnap her, but now Mary, the baby chimpanzee, has been given another chance.
A ranger rushed to her rescue after hearing gunshots in Sapo National Park, in the Liberian rainforest.
Mary, who was injured in the death of her mother, was housed with 63 other chimpanzees in Liberia’s Chimpanzee Rescue and Protection near the capital of the West African country of Monrovia.
It is run by veterinarian Jimmy Desmond and his wife Jenny.
Jenny said, “Mary was only a week old when I came to her, so she won’t have had much of her mother’s milk.
“She also had a lot of cuts and scratches, but is recovering well.
‘But she’s not out of the woods yet. It’s always scary when chimpanzees come to us because they are so traumatized, but Mary is the youngest. “
She added of three-week-old, full name Mary Beauty: “She is absolutely aware of what she’s been through because she has nightmares.
“Also every time Mary feels that I am leaving her she panics.”
Mary’s mother is believed to have been murdered for bushmeat, part of a trade that has seriously endangered West African chimpanzees.
Jenny added, “If we allow this trade to continue, this majestic species could be eradicated in the near future.”
Liberian authorities are investigating suspects in the murder.
Obviously, the killers planned to sell little Mary as a pet.
Jimmy and Jenny, from Colorado, US, plan to open a 40-acre forest habitat for rescued chimpanzees next year.
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