Baby Chimp Found Living In A Cardboard Box, But Look At Him Now!

A tiny chimp was sitting inside a cardboard box, hugging her blanket and rocking back and forth. She should have been with her mother, as she was only a baby… Thankfully, someone gave an anonymous tip to the people from the Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue and Protection (LCRP). Together with the local police and officials from the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), they found the baby chimp in Kakata, Liberia, sitting in the box, inside a supply shop.

They took the baby chimp and named her Chance. Her story is heartbreaking, but it has a happy ending! Read along!

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#20. One-Year-Old Chimp

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Chance was only one-year-old and she had been living in a supply shop in Kakata, Liberia for a few months, as a pet. Nobody knew how she got there, but cases like this happen frequently. The rescue team believed that the baby’s past was heartbreaking…

#19. A Sad Chimp

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Jenny Desmond is the founder of Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue and Protection (LCRP) and knew how baby chimps become pets. The story behind every little chimp is gut-wrenching. You won’t believe what Desmond said about Chance’s chimp family.

#18. No Family

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Desmond said that Chance’s mother had probably been killed. As she explained, acquiring a baby chimp can only be done after the “mother and other nearby adult family members” are murdered. If you found this sad, wait until you hear the rest…

#17. The Black Market

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After the baby is taken away from her mother, “The adults are butchered and sold on the black market for bushmeat’, said Desmond. Then the poachers kidnap the baby chimps to sell them as pets both locally and internationally. Chance ended up in a supply shop, but he needed a new family…

#16. All By Himself

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Chimps are highly social primates who live in families and groups. Chance needed a mom to care and nurture her, but the new owners kept their pet inside a cardboard box in a corner of the building. Then, Desmond said this…

#15. Life In A Box

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The woman said that looking at how dirty she was, Chance had “spent most of her time in the box, and when outside the box, on the concrete and dirt ground at the shop“. She was never even held or picked up! Without a doubt, this poor little creature didn’t receive the care and attention she deserved.

#14. Longing For A Hug

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Chimps and other primates hug each other and babies are usually held in their mothers’ arms. But Chance hadn’t experienced any of that. As Desmond explained: “She has had to learn how to be picked up and cling to me”.

#13. Empty Eyes

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Chance had never received the motherly love she needed and she had spent most of her life in captivity, and as a result of this, her behavior was different. Her eyes looked empty, and she clung to a piece of clothing, rocking back and forth as if to comfort herself.

#12. A Sign Of Trauma

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Desmond explained why Chance was acting like that: “Her rocking and clinging to the cloth are clear indicators of stress, trauma and a severe lack of attention and nurturing“. Chimps with surrogate mothers never displayed that behavior.

#11. Clinging Babies

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According to Desmond, baby chimps receive care from surrogate mothers and they cling to them to receive comfort. But the team also feared that Chance’s health was not very good. You won’t believe what she had been eating!

#10. Poor Diet

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Chance was very weak and skinny. She was malnourished and too small for her age because her owners only gave her rice and cornmeal. Then, when they checked her closely, they were shocked to see she had her head injured.

#9. A Quick Rescue Mission

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The rescue team immediately took Chance to a vet clinic so she could receive proper medical aid, as she had a buildup of fluid in her head due to trauma. They had to give her proper treatment before it was too late.

#8. A Warm Blanket

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When Chance lived in the cardboard box, she always kept a piece of tattered clothing with her. In fact, she spent most of the time hugging the same worn-out stripe of clothing. However, when she arrived at her new home, even though she received proper care and food, she just couldn’t stand living without her old cloth. Therefore, Desmond immediately gave the baby a warm new blanket, which she happily received and hugged. But then, this happened…

#7. Getting Confident

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Desmond said that it’s common for baby chimps to carry the same blanket or piece of cloth with them all the time. However, when they receive proper care and nurturing, they gradually begin to leave the mentioned item behind. This was the case with Chance because once she adapted to her new home, she gradually began to change…

#6. Pick Me Up!

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A little while after Chance arrived at the rescue center, she got comfortable and she even started to ask the staff to pick her up. She is now a normal little chimp, happy to get all the attention she deserves! She even smiles!

#5. The Feeling of Joy

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Seeing Chance happy and smiling filled everyone at the rescue with infinite joy. In Desmond’s words, “It’s been very uplifting seeing this beautiful little girl blossom before our eyes“. Chance even had friends to play with and many, many toys!

#4. Years Of Rehabilitation

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It takes several years for chimpanzees to grow into adults, almost like the case of humans. So over the next years, the volunteers at LCRP will need to take care of her and attend her needs. She will grow strong, receive food and above all, love. And then, she will meet other orphaned chimps as well, just like the ones in the picture!

#3. A Gradual Process

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Desmond explained that when an abandoned or orphaned chimp is rescued and taken to the refuge, it takes time for him to adapt to the new environment. Thus, it’s important to give them their time and let them choose the level of interaction they wish to establish with other chimps.

#2. Back To The Wild

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Desmond also said that returning orphaned chimps to the wild is also a possibility. However, this requires a long and complex process. In her words, “reintroduction involves many factors and multiple groups and experts to assess and determine feasibility“.

#1. Full Rehabilitation

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If Chance cannot be set free into the wild, “she will live in a seminatural spacious forest environment with other chimpanzees for her lifetime,” said Desmond. The important thing is that as long as she remains in the rescue center, she’ll be in good hands.

We can all agree that Chance has a bright future ahead and she is now loved, safe and happy!

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