June 9, 2023

According to reports, Adie has been visiting the zoo continually for four years and used to keep conversing with a 38-year-old chimpanzee called Chita.

The two interact from the opposite sides of the glass enclosure while waving and blowing kisses at each other.

The zoo authorities resolved that action had to be taken against the growing friendship.

“I love that animal and he loves me. I haven’t got anything else. Why do they want to take that away,” Timmermans said. “We’re having an affair, I’ll just say.”

However, the zoo believes that this ‘love affair’ was proving to be harmful for Chita as it was becoming a hindrance in developing a relationship with the other chimpanzees.

“When Chita is constantly busy with visitors, the other monkeys ignore him and don’t consider him part of the group, even though that is important. He then sits on his own outside of visiting hours,” the zoo said.

The chimpanzee’s lover, however, feels the zoo is being unfair and questioned, “other dozens of visitors are allowed to make contact. Then why not me?”

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