Officials from the Uganda Wildlife Educational Center (UWEC) have rescued a 2 months baby chimpanzee from Bisabu Parish, Bundibugyo District.
The baby chimp was rescued weeks after angry residents killed an adult chimpanzee for allegedly kidnapping a two-year-old child in the neighbouring district of Kibaale and disappeared with some of its body parts.
Belinda Atim, the centre publicist welcomed the new arrival. She explained that when the baby chimp was first brought into their care, it was badly dehydrated, soiled with faeces from head to chest, full of lice, with a running nose and heavily sneezing.
She disclosed that the baby chimp weighing 2.4kg was bought to UWEC by Richard Muhabwe, warden in charge of Semiliki National Park in Fort Portal who found it under unclear circumstances.
Babra Alapa, UWEC Animal Health Technician, said that the baby chimp was very weak and unable to support herself with lice all over her body.
She said they introduced honey into her diet to help with the flu and she seems to be responding well, with the nostrils now open and can breathe with ease.
James Musinguzi, the Centre Executive Director, said that they are going to get her a surrogate mother, who will be entirely responsible for the baby chimp at feeding, cleaning and disinfection of the holding facility.
This person will also have to spend a night at the quarantine so as to meet the animals need during the night. He or she will keep a thorough record of the animal at all times
He urged well-wishers be it individuals or companies to come up to support this baby chimp and would possibly name her.
Two men recently sought Police protection after residents threatened to lynch them over accusations of eating chimpanzee meat.
The parts of this lynched Chimpanzee were allegedly taken by the two men include its private parts, the tongue, kidney and lungs. The chimpanzee was killed by irate residents after it kidnapped a two-year-old child and engaged one of the residents in a fight, injuring some and killing about 5 hunting dogs
The New Time table for the baby Chimp
Time Quantity and type of food
06:00am 15mls of milk:35mls of water+ one tea spoon full of honey
9:30am Same mixture +half a banana without honey
Between 1:00pm-3:00pm 15mls of milk:35mils of water + a piece of water
melon or pawpaw + abit of egg York
Between 6:00pm and 7:00pm Milk mixture and some food + honey
1:00am Milk mixture only