Chimpanzee Pumuckl


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Most of the ex-lab chimpanzees were stolen from the jungle as baby apes and had to watch their families being killed. Once in Austria, they were kept in an experimental laboratory for 30 years, without contact with conspecifics in a very small space. Animal experiments on apes have been banned in Austria since 1997, and since then the chimpanzees have been reclaiming their lives. Their management and care was handed over to the Safari Park in Gänserndorf, which finally went bankrupt in 2004. Since then, their fate was uncertain. In 2009, they were taken over by Gut Aiderbichl from a bankruptcy estate and have been under our protection ever since. Pumuckl is a talented "singer". He has a wide variety of chirping sounds in his repertoire. His peculiarities also include sounds of rapture during meals. He has a very special way of maintaining physical contact. He loves to pat the feet or the head of the ladies for minutes. He amazed us when, from the first day the outdoor enclosure was opened, he took his breakfast outside and ate it there. He has a soft spot for all kinds of objects and play utensils and carries them around with pride. His sleeping nests are especially beautiful and elaborate. Grooming together is very important to him. It took him a long time to overcome his fear of this closeness. Today he is one of the most affectionate male chimpanzees.

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