"[Deo] is now with another four babies, also victims of poachers," Velez del Burgo said. Of course, nothing can replace a mother's love for a baby chimpanzee, but having other babies from similar situations is an important part of the healing process. Together, they give each other part of the bond they lost when they were taken from their mothers.
If the rehabilitation program is successful, Deo, Pinga and the other orphans will be able to return to the wild, where they belong. If they're not able to be released, Lwiro will be their home for as long as they need.
And after what they've been through, these chimps deserve all the help they can get. Fortunately, these baby chimps have each other to play with, love and help grow as they prepare for life back in the wild.
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