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When I was a child of 7 yrs old (I'm 60 now), I visited the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans with my family one summer. We had a great time. However, when we visited what was called the chimp island exhibit, I observed them for a few minutes and the most amazing thing I saw was just how much they resembled humans. It took me aback and I knew at that moment we had to be related. Of course when I told my parents what I had concluded, that the chimps looked and acted so much like us, I was admonished, told I was absolutely wrong. I never forgot that feeling of kinship with those chimps that I had felt so deeply. It wasn't until I was an adult that I learned just how right I was about it. It made me very happy. While chimps and others in the great ape family are not precisely the same, one can see, especially with unprejudiced eyes of a child, the obvious connections.

Sat, 24 Mar 2012 13:35:16 UTC | #930158