His mother had been a test subject in laboratories. He was born on an abandoned island. But despite his bleak circumstances, a 4-year-old chimpanzee still knows how to have fun.
A new video shows Jenny Desmond, director of Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue, a project of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), playing a game with the little chimp, even though she can't get close: Direct contact with the chimp can be dangerous for both of them, so Desmond made up a game she can play from a distance.
"Just like humans, chimpanzees love to play, laugh and have fun," Desmond told The Dodo. "It is particularly enriching for these specific chimpanzees after lifetimes in cages undergoing invasive experiments with no freedom or choice and no will to play or smile."