A video of Mabasu, a 2-year-old chimp, interacting with 6-month-old Preston Little through the glass at Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita has gotten over 80,000 hits so far. Preston sits with his grandmother, Cindy Little, as Mabasu tries to make contact; the little chimp and the little boy make eye contact and hold out their hands to each other:
Mubasu also seems to dance and to attempt to lick Preston’s feet.
The New York Daily News notes that, according to a zookeeper, Mubasu was especially glad to encounter someone his size as the next-youngest chimp is his sister, who is 15 years old. Sadly, zoogoers said that Mubasu looked “depressed” after the baby was gone.
The video was first shown on “Fox & Friends” Thursday morning of last week.
A neighbor of ours has a grandson who is about a year old; I just learned that among his first words is “Coco,” the name of my neighbor’s little white dog. Animals undeniably have a special hold on young children and young humans hold the same fascination for young animals, too — the video also makes one wonder, would not Mubasu be happier somewhere else, with other chimps his age to interact with?
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