Woman Reunites With Chimpanzees After 18 Years Apart
Kathleen Shipman 5/4/2016
When Linda Koeb returned to the animal sanctuary, she was unsure if her old friends would recognize her. It had been 18 years since she had seen the chimpanzees named Swing and Doll, whom she had helped rehabilitate when she was a 23-year-old grad student.
Linda first met the chimps when they were living in a laboratory for testing purposes. However, there came a day that they were no longer needed, which meant that they were free to go live in the wild.
They do remember her! It is absolutely beautiful to watch the reunion between Linda and her chimps. It's amazing how they remember the human who helped them through such a difficult transition in their lives.
There is no denying that these animals have incredibly strong feelings (and memories too). The chimpanzees even grin as they reach to embrace her.
As Linda talks to them in her gentle, lilting voice, the chimpanzees are nodding along as if they understand every word she says. She reminisces with them about how she cared for them when they were sick, how she held them in her arms.
Studies have shown that primates know more than we think they do. These two and their interaction with Linda prove that point. While separated by time and distance, their bond is unbreakable.