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Here at One Green Planet, we love seeing uplifting videos of animals being returned to the wild. You may have seen our adorable video compilation of primates in sanctuaries, and if you haven’t, they are definitely worth the watch!

Today, we bring you a very special video from the Jane Goodall Institute team in the Republic of the Congo. In the video, Jane and her team take a rehabilitated chimpanzee, Wounda, back into the wild. You’ll see images of Wounda’s condition before she came to the sanctuary and then get to watch her being moved back into her wild home — the transformation is truly breathtaking. Wounda is so alive — so clearly happy to be back where she belongs.

There will be many joyous days when more chimpanzees can experience the freedom that Wounda has now found. Watch her heartwarming release right here:

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36 comments on “Rescued Chimp Returns to Wild, But Not Before Giving Jane Goodall a Big Hug (VIDEO)”

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Zanzi Sanches Guadix Furter
3 Years Ago

❤❤❤❤❤


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Mary Molthen
3 Years Ago

Tissues...., need ten!!


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Liz Reiner-Flick
3 Years Ago

Jane Goodall has always been my hero. I wanted to work with her when I got out of high school. Just wasn't able to get up the funds. That was a tender goodbye and clearly shows animals can express gratitude and love. I was once lucky enough to hold a baby chimp and they do hug and send out love as other animals do too.


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bonnetvert
08 Feb 2014

this is NOT gratitude. this is a very comon behaviour of chimp who's scared and looks for reinsurance. and this is not a release as the chimps will have to be fed evryday, they're not back to the wild, just will stay in a very large natural inclosure. It's a wonderfull thing to put those chimps on the island as they will in very better leaving condition. But a real release is somethign totally different.

Leo Paquin
3 Years Ago

Beautiful!


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Rocio Cardenas
3 Years Ago

The world needs more Jane Goodall's....she is quite an amazing and unique woman.


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Liane Bayard
3 Years Ago

That hug… <3


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Liza Zandonella
3 Years Ago

Just AMAZING!


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Kelli N. Stanko
3 Years Ago

Love this! Love Jane and all that help the dear animals of the world!!


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Charlie Dodgson
3 Years Ago

And now they just leave the Chimp out there all alone??? :(


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bonnetvert
08 Feb 2014

no, those chimps will be fed and checked regulary. that's why it's not a real release. when u release a chimp back to the wild, u have to be prepared to work 10-20km a day in the tropical forest, tracking the chimps with GPS/radio collar. for more info please go on HELP website or PPI website. still it's a wonderfull thing that those chimps are finally out of the tchimpounga center and can have a semi free life. and lst thing, this is NOT gratitude, this is a scared chimp looking for reinsurance.

Lhos Yvette
3 Years Ago

1000x like. She an inspiration. We need more people like Jane Goodall. Beautiful soul.


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