20.01.2017 18:57

Monkey on rehab

Chimpanzee named ‘Michael’ is transfered to Antalya Metropolitan Municipality Zoo and Nature Park after it’s owner’s death.
Nine years old chimpanzee waiting for a mate while being rehabilitated.

The female chimpanzee ‘Michael’ taken under protection by Antalya Metropolitan Municipality Zoo and Nature Park after it’s owner’s, who was using Michael as a photograph prop for tourists and removed it’s teeth to prevent it from biting people, death. Michael is being rehabilitated for six months in Antalya Metropolitan Municipality Zoo and Nature Park.

Zoo’s supervising veterinarian Aygül Arsun is taking care of Michael. Arsun said, “We are doing our best to make her happy. We are contacting other zoos, looking for a spouse for her. She was brought here six months ago after her owner died. All her teeth were removed to prevent her from biting, since she was used as a photograph prop. So we have to feed him with soft nourishments such as bananas, grapes and mash. She is used to interacting with humans and likes to be pet.”

Arsun said, Michael is stays next to a heater on cold days and on warm days she goes to the playground. “She keeps cheering when she is on the playground. She was kept in a small cage for years and it is going to take a while for her to be rehabilitated.”


İbrahim Laleli / Antalya DHA