Tatu grooming Dar

One of my most favorite things about working at this sanctuary is seeing Tatu and Dar groom. They have literally never been a single day apart for the last 36 years, and it is so endearing to see them together. They must have a relationship unlike any other.


About Debbie Metzler

Debbie began working with chimpanzees in 2005 while she earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Central Washington University. She continued on to earn a master's degree in primate behavior, and after graduation joined the adjunct faculty in the primate behavior department. Debbie is an experienced coordinator for education, outreach, and advocacy programs. Currently she is working toward putting an end to the exploitation of non-human apes everywhere.
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4 Responses to Tatu grooming Dar

  1. Mickie Burkhart says:

    what happened to Dar’s right forearm?

    • CHCI Staff says:

      Hi Mickie, Dar has a scrape. It looks more pronounced than it really is because the chimpanzees like to groom the scab off. It is just another example of how tough these guys are. We humans would probably not appreciate, or be able to endure, this level of care.

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  3. Michael Metzler says:

    We are so glad that you were able to observe this compassion that Tatu had for Dar. Your stories about his shyness and personality are very special. Understanding that chimpanzees grieve differently than we do – I am still very certain that Tatu will miss Dar.

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