This infant chimp lost his mother at childbirth - but his entire community came together to give him a nearly miraculous second chance.
The tiny ape was born to Soona, a 19-year-old chimp at the Monarto Zoo in Australia who was a first time mother. Sadly, when Soona went into labor last Friday night, something went terribly wrong and she died of labor complications - zookeepers found her surrounded by blood, and discovered she'd died due to a uterine abnormality.
But what could have been a double tragedy became a testament to just how selfless chimps can be, even within the unnatural setting of captivity. As Soona was struggling with the birth, her friend, a female named Zombi, came and sat with her. When the little baby was born, a male named Gombe gathered him up and tended to him for the next several hours.