my picture for today 06/08/14

okay today’s picture is again something i have found and kept because it is so interesting, todays picture is a chimp but not an ordinary chimp here is the picture;

a chimp named oliver

a chimp named oliver

first I will give you some background that I managed to find on the chimp in the picture his name is oliver and this is his story;

In 1960, Oliver was acquired as a young animal by trainers Frank and Janet Berger. Supposedly, the chimp was caught in the Democratic Republic of Congo and sold on the exotic animal black market. In appearance, Oliver clearly stands out in a group of male chimpanzees, as he has many human-like features. He looks nothing like a normal Common Chimpanzee and holds a flatter face. Oliver is a habitually bipedal animal. He has always walked upright and never moved on his knuckles like other chimps. He holds a bizarre pointed ear shape, freckles and a bald head. The Berger’s raised Oliver until 1977, when he was sold to Ralph Helfer and put on public display in a sideshow. In a 2006 interview with the Discovery Channel, Janet Berger claimed that she sold Oliver after he started tying to mate with her.

This had led to the speculation that Oliver prefers human females over chimpanzees. In fact, other chimpanzees that have been placed in the same cage with Oliver avoid him at all cost. After spending seventeen years with the creature, Janet Berger believes that his physical and behavioral tendencies point to a different origin, perhaps a human-chimp hybrid. In the early 1980s, the Los Angeles Times did an extensive article on Oliver, marking him as a possible missing link or new sub-species of chimp. In 1989, Oliver was purchased by the Buckshire Corporation, a Pennsylvanian laboratory leasing out animals for scientific and cosmetic testing. During this time in his life, Oliver lived in a tiny cage and experienced rough handling. This eventually caused an extreme case of arthritis and muscular atrophy, so severe that Oliver’s limbs routinely tremble. The testing of his DNA has been an intense and controversial subject.

Supposedly, a test performed in the 1980s proved that Oliver contained only forty-seven chromosomes, instead of the normal forty-eight. However, this claim has not supported by scientific evidence and has been refuted by a geneticist from the University of Chicago, who tested Oliver’s blood and found that he had the normal forty-eight chromosomes. Since that time, Oliver’s DNA has not been tested. He will not be made available for any DNA style inquiries again. In 1998, Oliver was given a spacious, open-air cage at the Primarily Primates sanctuary in the US state of Texas. He was put under the temporary care of wildlife rehabilitator Lee Theisen-Watt, who was fired in 2007 for wrong doings. During the history of the Primarily Primates facility, they have undergone a series of legal battles, with a majority of the cases concerning PETA. Today, Oliver is still alive and living at Primarily Primates. Many pictures and videos of him exist on the Internet.

I found this picture quite fascinating, his story is quite a sad story and when I look at this picture he does not look happy his eyes look unhappy and tired and  resentful, when I read his story I understood why he looked so unhappy I honestly hope he is able to live out the rest of his life in peace and with love and space and good food I want him to have the life he should have always had I beleive the human race owes him this much.


I hope everyone has had a lovely day

love and peace be with you




7 responses

  1. I echo your sentiments – I hope that he ends his life in peace without being manhandled and treated with disrespect. Whatever his genetic makeup he deserves more than that.

    1. glad you agree it always breaks my heart to see any animal or indeed human to live such a sad and abused life humans have a lot to answer for and i hope oliver is lucky now he deserves it,
      lovely to chat with you thank you for dropping by
      love and peace be with you

  2. How cruel to do all that testing on him and sticking him into a small cage. Glad he’s in better quarters now. I’ve never heard of Oliver before. Thanks for this post, Kizzy. 🙂

    1. you’re welcome my lovely and as always i am glad to hear your voice, and yes poor oliver has had such a life and to be honest i feel awful and embarassed just being a part of the same species that caused him so much suffering my hope lies in the fact that in many places round the world now there are both large and small groups who work tirelessly for the rights of animals and care for them in shelters etc as humans we have made many mistakes but we also have many good people and it is those i applaud
      hope you have had a lovely day and i hope it was not as busy as mine was!
      love and hugs to you

      1. So many unfeelling groups too. Just follow the money. 😦

  3. Fascinating post, Kizzy, I knew nothing about Oliver and it is a sad story. How badly some animals are treated is a scandal. I have to ownder what has gone through his mind in these years of captivity.

    1. hiya good to hear from you andrew and yup one look at those sad eyes and i see a soul in pain studies have shown in past though i cannot bring to mind where i saw it but the study showed that when a being is incarcerated for a long time then the mind starts to shut down, hope you have a brilliant day and are enjoying a wonderful summer peace be with you and yours

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