Get the tissues ready! This chimp named Mama was 59 years old, dying and refusing food, but when her old caretaker came to say goodbye, her face lit up.

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Mama was the matriarch of the colony at the Royal Burgers Zoo in Arnhem, Netherlands. Unfortunately, the chimp was coming to the end of her life and was unable to eat. That’s when the co-founder of the colony and professor of behavioral biology, Jan van Hooff came to visit Mama one last time.

At first, Mama is weak and doesn’t recognize him, but when she does, she looked overfilled with joy. Mama smiles a huge smile and strokes the back of his head. Mama passed away a week later. Jan van Hooff had known her since 1972, and we are sure both are happy they got one last goodbye.

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