chimps at the sanaga-yong chimpanzee rescue center in cameroon, orphaned from the illegal bush meat trade and habitat loss, stand in mourning as dorthy, a recently deceased member of their adopted and extended family, is wheeled past them.
this photo was taken by monica szczupider, a worker at the centre, who describes how dorothy was rescued from an amusement park in cameroon where, tethered to a chain for twenty five years, she was taunted, teased, had cigarettes thrown at her, and made to smoke and drink beer for the entertainment of others.
"despite her tortuous past, dorothy was in fact one of the kindest chimps - or living creatures, in general - i have ever met," says szcuzupider.
describing the picture, she noted that “chimps are not silent. they are gregarious, loud, vocal creatures, usually with relatively short attention spans. but they could not take their eyes off dorothy, and their silence, more than anything, spoke volumes.”
according to professor emeritus at the university of colorado, mark bekoff, “that animals and humans share many traits including emotions [such as grief] is merely an extension of charles darwin’s accepted ideas about evolutionary continuity, that the differences between species are differences in degree rather than differences in kind.”