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In this extremely sad wild animal clip, some of the chimps have started to be ravaged by mange. Nature can mean trouble for monkeys, apes, gorillas and other primates in the jungle. From the BBC.
Fifi has her days but Fred he's now lost all his hair seems too weak even to eat the decision to intervene with wild animals is not straightforward but this is a particularly virulent form of mange and in a small isolated population such as Gumby its effects could be devastating we feel dread are really looking very very bad now some very sweet daughter grandson Fanny and fudge seem to be spending a lot of time with her and glad to see they don't show any signs yet of getting the disease at all another of 50 sons is also ill but right now he must look after himself Fifi needs all her strength to carry Fred he's now so weak that for much of the time he needs to be supported when she comes out into a clearing something very unusual happens a troop of baboons completely surround Fifi they clearly astonished at the sight of little Fred his appearance must be as alien to them as it is to us time passes slowly and gummy perhaps it's my imagination but there seems to be an air of despondency amongst the chimps we were keeping a close eye on Fred's progress he's just getting steady worse and sadly he's now died it's really hard to lose any of the chimps I think there's such a lot of visual characters when you really get to know them as friends we do you have to accept that infinite mortality is is very high in society fefe lays the body out for the other chance to see it's as if they're paying their respects it's difficult to imagine how chimpanzees view death but the mood is suddenly Samba for Fifi it must be especially hard she's still very ill but for the sake of our other infants she must pull through