Just think of the stories animals could tell us if we could only understand what they were saying.
That’s the scenario the staff at Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary (TCS) is in as they look after two rescued chimps, Tigo and his sister, Linda.
Linda and Tigo were imprisoned in little bamboo cages for years by a family in Sierra Leone.
Unfortunately, such conditions are common among exotic pet animals.
Sierra Leone’s National Protected Area Authority picked up the two chimpanzees earlier this year and transported them to TCS, a sanctuary for chimps who can’t thrive in the wild.
Since then, the pair have had the opportunity to mature and grow in a safe place.
“They both have very big personalities that really have started coming out,” TCS wrote in a Facebook post last month.
“Linda is very playful and spends the whole day swinging in the ropes in her enclosure or building nests.
“Tigo is a very vocal chimpanzee and tells us many stories every day,” the group added. “We just wish we were more fluent in ‘chimpanzee’ so we would know what they were all about.”
After a month, the two are still progressing, having passed their second health check and staying lively in their new environment.
Since the chimps arrived at TCS, the team has kept them apart from the rest of the chimps until it is clear they will not spread sickness to the rest of the group.
They will have even more exciting days ahead of them when they meet their new family at the sanctuary if they remain healthy.
Learn more about the rescued chimps of Sierre Leone by visiting Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary’s Facebook page.