Dunez and Wounda
During the last few weeks, the bond between Dunez and Wounda has grown increasingly strong and the two of them now behave like mother and daughter. If Wounda climbs a tree, picks flowers from a bush or decides to rest in the shade, Dunez is always a step behind her. It was Dunez’s love of the trees that prompted Wounda to climb again after a serious illness.
During her years at Tchimpounga, Wounda earned a reputation for not sharing food. Interestingly, Dunez seems to be an exception to this rule as Wounda shares her fruit with her newly adopted daughter. Dunez sits near Wounda, her eyes pleading, staring at Wounda as she chews a tasty banana. Suddenly, Wounda drops a piece of banana into Dunez’s mouth, just as a mother would do in the wild. These acts of generosity promote ties among the chimpanzees that can last a lifetime.
After lunch, Dunez curls up in Wounda’s lap for a grooming session. Wounda’s powerful fingers gently sort through Dunez’s hair. Dunez’s eyes droop and she slowly falls asleep. Thanks to Wounda’s warm touch and the support of Tchimpounga’s caregivers, happiness and security have found their way back into Dunez’s life.