Kauka may be one of the most social chimps of Tchimpounga’s Rehabilitation Centre. Ever since he was a baby he has had an innate ability to get along with all the other chimps in his group. Although he sometimes suffers blows from his peers Kauka takes no action against them. For these reasons the vet team has chosen Kauka to help through difficult situations, when a chimp has to be isolated in the dormitories for days due to illnesses. These are difficult moments for the chimps because they see all their friends go out to the exterior installation and they have to remain inside to be treated. The keepers from Tchimpounga try to make these days easier for the chimp and let Kauka spend time with the sick chimps. These chimps feel better and more comfortable with Kauka present. He caresses the sick chimps, hugs and plays with them when they are more recovered. When his job is done he is rewarded with a slice of watermelon or a bunch of bananas, two of his favorite foods. Kauka continues to grow and his body is larger and bigger, as big as his good heart.
Pointe Noire is situated some forty kilometres from Tchimpounga. An unexplained Polio epidemic has arose in Pointe Noire. JGI decided to take precautionary measures to avoid the contamination of the chimps with this terrible disease. The keepers and vet team started using gloves and masks. The chimpanzees couldn’t understand very well why these people were dressed up in this strange way. Kudia found all this as a motive for play. Kudia has spent the last weeks trying to steal Brice’s (her caretaker) gloves without succeeding. Chimps as well as people are attracted by bright colors, like orange or red. Brice has to be very patient with Kudia and never take his gloves off. However, Kudia took advantage of a moment when Brice took his gloves off to wash his hands. Immediately a party ensued, Kuaka, Ulengue, Manisa , Luc and the rest of the friends climbed a tree with their prize and stayed there for hours. They looked down at Brice who was begging them to return his gloves back. It wasn’t until 5:30 pm when the chimps descended to go into their dormitories for the night that they dropped the gloves to the ground.
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