A sweet farewell

In this video, embedded in a tw**t, Jane Goodall and her team release a rehabilitated chimp into the wild. But before it leaves, it does something ineffably sweet and sad. You’ll tear up if you’re not made of stone.

h/t: Barry

20 Comments

  1. Heather Hastie
    Posted June 18, 2017 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    You were right. I cried.

    • neanderthalhead
      Posted June 18, 2017 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

      me too

    • Colin McLachlan
      Posted June 19, 2017 at 4:06 am | Permalink

      Yep, got me.

      • Mike
        Posted June 19, 2017 at 9:17 am | Permalink

        Seen it before, but it still got me.

  2. ploubere
    Posted June 18, 2017 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Sweet.

  3. Posted June 18, 2017 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    What do expect from “cousins?”

    • Michael Watts
      Posted June 19, 2017 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

      IMO, in the grand scheme of life on earth, humans and chimps are not cousins. We’re siblings.

      The well-known trope is that chimps are mankinds closest living genetic relative. But it is also true that humans are chimps closest living genetic relative.

  4. Ramsés Morales
    Posted June 18, 2017 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful.

    However, I worry about his future. Chimpanzees are territorial and will commit atrocities to defend their territory and to expand it.

    What are the chances of this guy to join a group?

    • Michael Scullin
      Posted June 18, 2017 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

      Humans are territorial and will commit atrocities to defend their territory and to expand it.

      I am quite confident that Dr. Goodall has it pretty well worked out. I’ve been following her work for more than 50 years, and she has certainly overwhelmed her many critics.
      And yes, I teared up.

  5. BJ
    Posted June 18, 2017 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    That was so sweet I think it gave me diabetes.

  6. Mark R.
    Posted June 18, 2017 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Reaching for the Kleenex now.

  7. Posted June 18, 2017 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    I am more amazed than teary, like, thank you for everything but it’s time to go!

  8. Posted June 18, 2017 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Can’t write. Can’t see. Wonderful!

  9. rickflick
    Posted June 18, 2017 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    It never ceases to astonish me, how similar we two species are emotionally. I do worry about using them for dangerous lab experiments. Perhaps they need representation in our governments.

  10. Posted June 18, 2017 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    This was so moving, and brought copious tears to my eyes.

  11. Kevin
    Posted June 18, 2017 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    Well that cleared my entires sinuses after a box of tissues.

  12. sambricky2013
    Posted June 19, 2017 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Thanks Jer. That made my day.

    • Diane G.
      Posted June 20, 2017 at 2:41 am | Permalink

      Same here. 🙂

  13. Posted June 20, 2017 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    Wow. Lacrimal ducts: check.

  14. Gary
    Posted June 22, 2017 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Goodness, these videos disappear fast.


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