Baby chimpanzee Djibril was left without maternal care immediately after birth.
His mother Kika, a chimpanzee who was taken from a circus where she was often beaten and offended, simply did not know how to behave with a newborn and left him to his fate.
The caretakers had to look for a new mother for Djibril, who could give him something that people can never give.
In anticipation of such mother, the little chimpanzee found solace in the arms of a soft toy, so reminiscent of himself.
A photo with a baby cuddled up to a plush monkey spread all over social networks and left no one indifferent.
Fortunately, the story soon took a new turn.
The Biopark in Valencia, where the most natural conditions for living of wild animals are created, agreed to shelter the orphan.
So, this summer, Djibril, at the age of 16 months, moved to a new place of residence.
It was expected that the experienced female Malin, who had raised more than one generation of primates, would take the baby. But she showed no interest in the newcomer.
Fortunately, another resident of the Biopark – Eva – took Djibril under her protection. She began to take care of him as if he were her own cub, giving the baby all the love that he did not receive from his own mother.
A year later, they are still inseparable.
Djibril grew up and got stronger.
His visit played an important role in eventual increase of the critically endangered West African chimpanzee population.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, this species of monkey has already completely disappeared from four countries of the world.
Biopark employees hoped that the appearance of a new male could contribute to the expansion of the family – provided that Djibril successfully passed the adaptation and was able to win recognition from the team.