Heartbreaking Bid To Save Chimpanzee From Being Bullied In German Zoo
Animal rights campaigners are fighting to rescue a British chimp being bullied in a German zoo.
Activists fear that Bili the Bonobo chimpanzee could be killed after he was attacked in Wuppertal Zoo. The chimp was born in Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire in 2008 but moved to the Frankfurt after being rejected by his mum. He moved on again to a third home in eastern Germany after females refused to mate with him. But now twin males Azibo and Ayubu have taken a disliking to him and launched an attack. Heartbreaking images show the chimp with part of his ear bitten off and his hand and feet bloody and bruised.
The "Save Bonobo Bili from Wuppertal Zoo" petition was launched in the hope of bringing the ape back to the UK. It was started by Petra Bente who wants him to be transferred to the Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre near Bovington in Dorset. The petition has almost reached its 50,000 signature target. However, the zoo is still hoping Bili can be integrated into the new group of chimps. They said in a statement : "The occurrence of aggression and injury can be expected, especially in the case of individual bonobo males, which have to be integrated into a new environment and a new social structure. Therefore, the Green Zoo Wuppertal had already taken precautions in order to counter problems with the settling in of Bili.
"The current phase of integration is accompanied by various measures with the aim to reduce the type-specific aggression against Bili and to support the acclimation."