Thursday, June 20, 2019 4:43 pm
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If you don’t know Mel from The Drive Show, here’s one quick fact: she LOVES animals. She loves animals so much so wants to share it with the family. So once a week she shares one of her favourite animal videos.
Early last year, this 3 year old chimpanzee named “Mussa” was rescued. “He was living with an expat … who also had three crocodiles in the house with him,” Itsaso Velez del Burgo, technical director at CRPL, told The Dodo.
“We don’t really know if he was trying to sell him, or if he was keeping him as a pet.”
But the pilot that picked him up and took him to his new home, was in for quite a surprise. When Anthony Caere met Mussa, he realised he was not stressed out or anxious. To keep him in this calm mood, he decided not to put him in a cage. He let Mussa sit on the seat next to him, but Mussa didn’t like that.
He perched himself right on Anthony’s lap. They had an instant bond.
“But when I saw him and I made some chimp noises, he ran to me and jumped into my arms … so we immediately had a bond.”
He preferred to sit on my lap and hold onto my leg,” Caere said. “He really needed contact.”
When Caere started the plane and took off, Mussa copied everything Caere did.
“He was very curious, and every time I touched a button or the throttle, he did the same,” Caere said. “When I put my hand on the throttle, he did it. When I put my hand on the stick, he did it too.”
Caere’s favorite moment happened later in the flight. “There was a moment when we were both looking out the window together, and I was touching his head with my head, and he pushed back against me,” Caere said.
“I did some grooming to become his friend, and there wasn’t any time when he was stressed,” Caere added. “I had the impression that he really enjoyed the flight.”