Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Chimp Nurtures Little Puma Orphan

Holding a bottle to a puma cub's mouth, Anjana the chimp displays all the behaviours of a caring mother nourishing her vulnerable offspring.

The odd pairing is nothing unusual to staff at Anjana's zoo in South Carolina, where the five-year-old ape is renowned for her affinity with little big cats.

Zookeepers say Anjana and her latest charge, a nine-week-old orphan named Sierra, have become inseparable.

http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/4628/97930515.jpgAnjana helps the zookeepers feed and care for Sierra

http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/6643/twoq.jpg If Sierra is running too fast then Anjana will scoop her up

http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/6489/leftu.jpg If you need a baby wipe ... she'll run off and get it

http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/8324/armyfk.jpgAnjana learned how to care for cats by imitating the zoo's feline curator

http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/7421/bottle.jpg She is a great assistant

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