I’m sure that when you were young, you would have played many different games with your siblings, parents, and friends. Whether it was playing catch, hide and seek or dancing around the house. But it isn’t just humans that like to play games. Footage has surfaced of a baby chimpanzee playing airplane with their mom.
For years now, people have stated the close resemblance humans have to chimpanzees in their social behaviors. And this magical moment is just another one of those examples.
An adult chimp is playing with their baby chimpanzee in an adorable fashion. Holding the monkey above their head to make them ‘fly’ like an airplane. At one point, the adult chimpanzee even shakes the baby slightly to simulate turbulence.
And just when you thought it couldn’t get any cuter, the pair have a big cuddle right at the end.
Baby chimpanzee playing the airplane game with an adult chimp is one of the sweetest videos around
The footage was taken by the Taï Chimpanzee Project (TCP), a research group that has been following a group of chimpanzees for the past 30 years.
At present, the project is following three habituated neighbouring communities totalling some 100 individuals. Each group is followed by a team of several Ivorian field assistants, international research assistants, PhD students and researchers on a daily basis.
We don’t know if the chimps are related or if this is just a very loving childminder. But there’s something pure about watching these two chimps bond so beautifully. Seeing these creatures bonding so closely is sweet considering their species is facing extinction. The WWF stated:
Chimpanzees have already disappeared from four African countries, and are nearing extinction in many others. Deforestation and commercial hunting for bushmeat are taking a terrible toll on most populations.
These creatures are truly fascinating and we can learn a lot from them. Seeing how they bond as an infant and an adult is not too dissimilar from how humans bond with their children.
I just want a baby chimpanzee to play with now.
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