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Baby Chimp Rescue

  • Season 1
  • 3 episodes
  • Nature

Summary

How do you cope when you suddenly become surrogate parents to 21 orphaned chimps?

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Episode 1: Miracles Can Happen

Summary

Documentary following life in a home for orphaned chimpanzees run by wildlife vet Jimmy Desmond and his wife Jenny. The Desmonds started with just two rescued baby chimps, saved from the illegal pet trade, but now their home is bursting at the seams with 21 orphans to look after. Their dream is to build them all a new sanctuary in the forest and, with help from friend and chimp specialist Ben Garrod, they teach the orphans the skills they would have learnt from their mothers in the wild.

Review

Parts of this are like a more up-to-date PG Tips advert. Baby chimpanzees at a sanctuary in Liberia play, slide down banisters, swing from door knobs, fall flat on their faces and generally goof about. They’re lovely, funny, appealing creatures who are easy to see as sort of hairy, long-armed toddlers: their rescuers, Jenny and Jimmy Desmond, often refer to them as the “little guys”.

Although there is plenty of entertainment in this first of a three-part series, some sections are hard. Every one of the chimps has seen its mother shot by hunters and has then subsequently been rescued from the illegal pet trade. There’s a moving scene where Jenny goes to rescue one young orphan, kept chained to a cement block. The way it hugs her and she instantly bonds with it and becomes its trusted adoptive mother is extraordinary.

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Credits

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PresenterBen Garrod

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Executive producerJo Shinner
Series producerRob Sullivan

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  • Episode 1

    Miracles Can Happen

    Summary

    Documentary following life in a home for orphaned chimpanzees run by wildlife vet Jimmy Desmond and his wife Jenny. The Desmonds started with just two rescued baby chimps, saved from the illegal pet trade, but now their home is bursting at the seams with 21 orphans to look after. Their dream is to build them all a new sanctuary in the forest and, with help from friend and chimp specialist Ben Garrod, they teach the orphans the skills they would have learnt from their mothers in the wild.

    Review

    Parts of this are like a more up-to-date PG Tips advert. Baby chimpanzees at a sanctuary in Liberia play, slide down banisters, swing from door knobs, fall flat on their faces and generally goof about. They’re lovely, funny, appealing creatures who are easy to see as sort of hairy, long-armed toddlers: their rescuers, Jenny and Jimmy Desmond, often refer to them as the “little guys”.

    Although there is plenty of entertainment in this first of a three-part series, some sections are hard. Every one of the chimps has seen its mother shot by hunters and has then subsequently been rescued from the illegal pet trade. There’s a moving scene where Jenny goes to rescue one young orphan, kept chained to a cement block. The way it hugs her and she instantly bonds with it and becomes its trusted adoptive mother is extraordinary.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming provider below.

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterBen Garrod

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerJo Shinner
    Series producerRob Sullivan
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