Mother Chimpanzee Dies Surrounded By Her Loving Family, Human Rendered Useless


“That afternoon, Pansy had moved into her daughter Rosie’s nest from the previous night. As Pansy’s breathing became labored and her movements diminished, Rosie and Blossom sat with her, grooming her and watching her. Chippy arrived shortly before Pansy likely died. All three periodically inspected Pansy’s face and limbs, with Chippy at one point touching her neck.”
Katherine Harmon of Scientific American writes about a University of Stirling study of a family of chimpanzees’ reactions to the elderly mother’s death from natural causes. It’s very interesting from a scientific perspective in that the chimps were… Oh… Oh, Jesus… I’m sorry… I… I can’t…