A Chimp With A Troubled Past Is Finding Comfort In The Unlikeliest Of Sources.
It's one of those stories that's heartbreaking enough to bring a tear to your eye, and it all centers around a chimpanzee named Foxie.
Born in 1976, Foxie has spent much of her life in a laboratory, subjected to research on hepatitis to vaccines. Eventually, she gave birth four separate times to four healthy chimps, each of them taken from her and relocated.
Foxie's temperament changed over the years as a result of having her babies taken, and when she finally retired in 2008 to a chimpanzee sanctuary, her caregivers from the lab warned that she couldn't be trusted. However, the kind folks in the lab had some ideas for how to make Foxie happy, and what they did will warm your heart despite this poor animal's tragic circumstances.
"When she arrived at the sanctuary she was aloof for a time around humans and cautious about her surroundings," Diana Goodrich, of Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, said in an interview. "She would not play with or even touch any of the toys and other items we gave the chimps."
But then, they gave her a troll doll. Foxie took an immediate liking to it, and they subsequently gave her several more.
Over the years, she's collected hundreds, treating them all with equal amounts of love.
"Sometimes she carries the dolls on her back like a chimpanzee mom would do with an infant," Goodrich said. "So we'll just see a hint of troll hair on Foxie's back when she's walking around."
It might seem odd, but in a way, it makes perfect sense: After all those lonely years of having her babies taken from her, Foxie finally has something -- or hundreds of somethings -- to call her own.
Source: The Dodo