I was with Dr. Rosa in Freetown doing some errands and she was commenting on the fact the Jessica will be completing her last health check and in a few days she will be out of quarantine. We were happy that this is the first time since last year our quarantine section will be free of chimps. Sadly, our happiness did not last long! We got a call from one of our former education officer … a baby chimp has been handed over to them together with an official handing over note!
BROUGHT TO TE CONSERVATION SOCIETY OF SIERRA LEONE BY MUSA SANU KNOTEH
CAUGHT IN KABALA, SPENT LESS THAN THREE WEEKS IN MAKENI
FED REGULARLY ON FRUITS AND SOME RICE
REMARKS LOOKS PHYSICALLY OK, BUT DIRTY.
Dirty….indeed he was. His face, feet and hand all black and he looked like an adult chimp! He was quite happy to bond with me and Rosa decided to take the wheel. It was a strange feeling driving through the town having another Bruno on my lap…bringing so many happy and sad memories that I continue to carry over the years.
It is going to be kind of difficult for any one of us at Tacugama to call another chimp BRUNO. But the education officer was insisting that we should not change the name and after all it is not bad idea as all of us are missing our big Bruno. So I gave in for “young Bruno”. It is common in Sierra Leone to call a youngster after the father´s name with the title “young” in the front.
He seems healthy and settling in well……and I am just beginning to get worried. If I go by what happened 20 years ago….I may get stuck here for another 20!