Chimp Sees Sky For The First Time In 28 Years
step in: to become involved in a difficult situation or to take action when help is needed
Imagine seeing the open sky for the first time in your life at the age of 28. That’s exactly what happened to Vanilla, a chimpanzee who lived her life behind bars. Vanilla finally experienced the joy of freedom at a sanctuary in Florida.
Vanilla’s life began at a research lab in New York. She later lived behind bars at an animal sanctuary in Los Angeles. When it closed, she and 42 other chimps needed a new home. That’s when ‘Save the Chimps,’ another sanctuary, stepped in.
Vanilla was understandably nervous about her new environment on a 3-acre island. As she steps outside for the first time, Dwight, the alpha male, puts his arms around her. As she looks at the sky, her eyes are filled with awe.
Save the Chimps says that these animals experience “joy, grief, anger, sorrow, pleasure, boredom, and depression.” They are not so different from us and deserve to be treated with care. In fact, they share about 98% of their DNA with humans, making them our closest relatives.
Watch the video below to see Vanilla’s first steps of freedom.
1. When the kitchen got busy, the manager had to step in and help the chefs.
2. If kids are fighting at school, a teacher might step in to resolve the argument.
3. When the local park was about to be closed, the community stepped in to save it.