Animals

An orphaned ape finds a new home with a mother who can love him

October 10th, 2019

“A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” – Princess Diana

One of the issues being addressed by the Congo government is the rescue and rehabilitation of infant bonobos. This is due to the illegal selling, killing, and even owning endangered species like the bonobos.

Lola Ya Bonobo

Lola Ya Bonobo was created to help rescue and rehabilitate orphaned bonobos. It’s such a sad reality for these infants because their parents were most likely have been killed for bushmeat.

Since illegal traders would kill ape communities for their bushmeat, their infants are then sold to the black market as pets. If Lola Ya Bonobo receives a report about any infant bonobo, they immediately take action and aid these helpless and scared infants.

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This organization aims to take care of these babies, to protect them and help them to survive. Without these good-hearted people from Lola Ya Banobo, these infant bonobos wouldn’t stand a chance in the wild.

Without their mother – these infants will not survive.

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Substitute Mother

In a video shared by the group, an orphaned baby bonobo was rescued from the black market.

This little bonobo was so scared and was really confused. He didn’t know how to eat but does show that he loves water. He was then introduced to his new mama.

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Immediately, they establish a bond and we can see just how much this little bonobo loves his new Mom. We can see it in his eyes!

With the care and love from his surrogate mother, this baby bonobo will have a better chance of recovering. It’s more than just the warmth that the substitute Mother can give – it’s how she talks and how she assures this little bonobo that everything is now okay.

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After some time, we’d see just how different this little bundle of joy is. He’s clearly smiling and is already able to play with other bonobos. You’d no longer see the harsh past that this little one had to endured.

Rescue and Rehabilitation

Most of the bonobos that were rescued were extremely malnourished and even traumatized. Some also have infections, skin diseases, and even signs of physical abuse.

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Once taken in by Lola Ya Bonobo, the orphaned bonobos would undergo physical and psychological care.

We can’t even imagine the traumatic experiences that these infant bonobos have experienced and the numbers of illegal transactions involving these endangered species are still growing in number.

Ekolo Ya Bonobo

Ekolo Ya Bonobo or literally means “Land of the Bonobos” is a reserve located just around the river where bonobos are sent back to the wild when they are fully ready and capable. Based on Lola Ya Bonobo’s page, they have already recorded 3 wild births which means that all their hard work has paid off and is a success.

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With this opportunity, not only would these kind-hearted people be able to save infant bonobos, they are also able to help the numbers of these endangered species to increase.

Would you want to be a surrogate mother for an abandoned ape?

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Source: Lola Ya Bonobo, Lola Ya Bonobo Website

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