The Baby Swap
In his latest blog entry, Dr. Deus Mjungu, Gombe Stream Research Center’s director of chimpanzee research, discusses a recent chimpanzee baby exchange at Gombe National Park, Tanzania.
It has been 12 days now since Glitter became a mom for the first time. However, for the past few days, Gremlin, Glitter’s mother, has been carrying, nursing, and otherwise providing all the necessary physical protection for Glitter’s new baby.
Initially, Glitter begged Gremlin to return the baby to her. However, after her attempts failed, Glitter resorted to taking care of her younger brother Gizmo who is approximately two years old. Glitter carried Gizmo while traveling, groomed him, and attended to his screams and cries whenever he became upset.
While Glitter continues to provide more support and care for Gizmo than an average sister would, her passion for Gizmo appears to be waning as the days pass. We are keeping our fingers crossed for the well-being of Gizmo and the new baby!