Adie Timmermans cannot attend the Antwerp Zoo in Belgium because of the reputation she has earned as a person who has a soft spot for monkeys. After developing an unhealthy attachment with one of the male chimps, the female is no longer permitted to engage with that chimp, and as a result, that male chimpanzee is shunned by his social group. During an interview with the Belgian television station ATV, Adie Timmermans expressed her deep affection for the chimpanzee that served as her friend. In reference to the couple’s companion animal, she said, she adores that animal, and he loves her right back. Chita, a 38-year-old male chimpanzee, brought the woman who has now been banished delight during their weekly visits for the last four years.
Adie Timmermans has said that her interactions with the chimp create a real loving bond between them. It is said that every time Adie Timmermans went to the Antwerp Zoo, the lions would greet her by waving and blowing kisses at each other through the bars. Timmermans is positive that she and Chita continue to have a deep love for one another despite the zoo’s attempts to end their unique relationship. This is even though the zoo made these efforts.
Treasons why the zoo expelled Adie Timmermans
According to reports from the zoo, Chita, the chimpanzee, is said to have been socially isolated as a direct consequence of the relationship that Timmermans has with him. After being expelled from his social group, it is said that the primate spent fifteen hours each day by himself. The other animals at the zoo see Chita as an outsider, according to Sarah Lafaut, the curator of the zoo. She told ATV that this perception is due to the attention Chita receives from the visitors.
After visiting hours have concluded, he will be left alone in the waiting room. We prefer that Chita spend as much time as possible just being a chimpanzee rather than a human since animals who are unduly interested in people are less likely to be appreciated. We would like that Chita spent as much time as possible simply being a chimpanzee.
In response to the recently introduced restriction, Adie Timmermans asked, “Why do they want to take it away?” Given the ineffectiveness of attempting to reunite the chimpanzee into its group after it had been exposed to people at such a young age that the cages had to be shut, the zoo opted against making any attempts at rehabilitation. This is because the chimpanzee is likely to be aggressive toward humans.
Chita was moved to the zoo when his behaviour grew unmanageable because of his confinement there. The monkey, who was 38 years old, had been locked up for a total of 30 of those years. Because of this, he is now less likely to interact socially with others of his own species and more likely to express fondness for humans.