2010, October 17
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Dear Friends of J.A.C.K.

This time, I'll talk about two chimp orphans  rescued last May not far from Banalia,  at about 210 kms from Kisangani in an area where it is said the largest population of wild chimpanzees still remains (Dr Thurston C. HICKS 2010).carte_20rdc

Jurie and Grant are two South African friends working  for a huge company in the middle of the DRC forest.

Baby  Kim arrived to them last May. Her mum had just been killed for her meat and both the baby and the meat were offered for sale on the campsite on the same day.

May 2010 - Kim rescued by Jurie
May 2010 - Kim rescued by Jurie

Kim was traumatised, lost, dehydrated and Jurie decided to save her. Which he did perfectly well!

May 2010 - Kim still with rope on her hips
May 2010 - Kim still with rope on her hips

Then, a few weeks later, another baby chimpanzee  arrived on the campsite. When both  Jurie and Grant were about to refuse the second chimpanzee, they changed their minds as they  noticed the baby had had a pellet gone through its right arm.

JULY 2010 - Tom with an open wound in his right arm
JULY 2010 - Tom with an open wound in his right arm

In addition to this, the rope the baby had around his hips had cut deep into his skin and infection had already started ... Grant and Jurie decided to give Tommy the chance to live and took the new comer with them.

JULY 2010 - Tommy"s infected hips
JULY 2010 - Tommy"s infected hips

 J.A.C.K. had already heard about these two infants because  Jurie and Grant had contacted us for help and advice once Kim arrived in May 2010. And when Tom came on the campsite, urgent treatment was needed to save the little one. J.A.C.K. vet Jean-Claude and myself did our best to guide Jurie in the different treatments that had to be done and thanks to Grant's mum who is a vet, Grant managed to give the little one all the medical attention  he needed... 

JULY 2010 - pus and small pieces of bone coming out of Tom's wound
JULY 2010 - pus and small pieces of bone coming out of Tom's wound
JULY 2010 - Tommy before
JULY 2010 - Tommy before

It took some time, plenty of love and patience before Tommy gained strength and started using his hurt arm. Jurie and Grant did a wonderful job and we can all be proud of what they have done!

AUGUST 2010 - Tom some weeks later
AUGUST 2010 - Tom some weeks later

But Jurie and Grant were still worried: what would happen to the little ones when they'll leave DRC? Who would be ready to look after them???

More soon...

Roxane/J.A.C.K.