It’s hard to be penalized for being different. However, one unfortunate chimp raised in captivity was beaten to death for just that reason by its own kind after being reintroduced to her species. The young chimp, named Baran, has quite a tragic story. Previously, her mother had also abandoned her after a premature birth. From there, she fell into the care of humans.
According to the New York Post, the four-year-old chimpanzee previously received care at Eram Park Zoo in Iran’s capitol of Tehran. However, she moved to Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Kenya. The decision came as professionals deemed it unhealthy for her to continue living isolated from others of her kind.
At the point of the young animal’s death, she had only been at the new sanctuary for four months. The outlet reports Baran had managed to break a lock within her own area, accessing an area to another group. Unfortunately though, the ape had only met the stranger group of chimps remotely.
In a tragic incident, the group of territorial chimps mauled their four-year-old cousin, reportedly leaving Baran badly injured. While the zookeepers put a stop to the violence, the news outlet states she succumbed to her injuries.
As if her demise isn’t sad enough, her recovery following her mother’s initial rejection is also quite sad. Oftentimes, within the animal kingdom, mothers will reject their offspring when they feel they cannot be cared for. That said, Baran entered the care of humans who nursed her health and strength. While they attempted to replace her with her mother, the elder chimp rejected the baby at that point. As a result, the rest of the primates did too.
CVS Bans Chimp-Centric Cards
Baran’s demise is tragic as it emphasizes not only the reality of the animal kingdom but also the brutality that comes with being different. That said, PETA (the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has taken a strange step in attempts to protect these wild animals.
In the latest of holiday controversy, CVS saw backlash from PETA over greeting cards featuring chimps on their covers. With that, the retail chain has banned those particular cards from shelves.
Of the situation, PETA’s Vice President, Tracy Reinman, said, “CVS’ greeting card aisle is getting a whole lot kinder, thanks to its decision to ban cards that exploit great apes. Chimpanzees aren’t models or props, and photos of them wearing Santa hats or sitting at the holiday table put these endangered animals at risk.”
Regardless, the decision has soothed very ruffled feathers. The animal rights organization further applauded the ban as promotion of these animals in greeting cards seems to suggest a thriving species. Contrarily, however, the chimp faces the possibility of extinction.