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Not the Onion: Woman Banned From Zoo Over ‘Affair’ With Chimpanzee

A Belgian woman was banned from the Antwerp Zoo after forging an illicit bond with one of the resident chimpanzees.


Adie Timmermans, 38, told regional channel ATV that she had visited Chita the ape for four years.

  • “I love that animal and he loves me,” she said. “I haven’t got anything else. Why do they want to take that away?”
  • “We’re having an affair, I’ll just say,” she added.

Zoo officials said Timmermans’ attention was making Chita unhappy and causing the other chimps to lose respect for him.

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