Rachel arrived at Fauna on September 12, 1997. Before Rachel was abandoned at the LEMSIP research labs, she lived in Florida.
Taking bubble baths and wearing frilly dresses, Rachel was someone’s pet. Then, when she was not even 3 years old, her ‘nanny’ brought her to the lab. There Ch-514 was involved in 3 studies enduring 39 punch liver biopsies.
Mostly she was treated for the wounds and abrasions to her wrists and neck that were self-inflicted during the many anxiety attacks she had. She also suffers from the ‘phantom hand’ syndrome.
She has bitten all of her nails to the quick rubbing them until there is nothing left. This she does when she is calm; it is terrifying and heartbreaking to see her when she is not.
Please read her story: http://www.faunafoundation.org/html/rachelprofile.html
Indigo the baby gorilla with her mum Hlala Kahilli at the Gerald Durrell Wildlife park.
Picture: Jon Stark/SWNS.com (via Animal photos of the week - Telegraph)
Chimpanzees catch yawns from humans
Chimps start catching yawns from humans after about the age of five, indicating that empathy among chimps progresses with age.
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Orangutan feels the chill — An orangutan covers itself with a blanket during winter time at Rio de Janeiro Zoo in Brazil on August 22, 2013. (YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)