Woman Wonders If The Chimp She Cared For Still Remembers Her 18 Years Later

Back in 1974, a group of chimpanzees were released from the cages of a hepatitis research laboratory.

They had spent 6 years as test subjects for possible drugs, but the lab didn’t need them anymore as a vaccine had already been found.

The chimps were set free in a preserve in southern Florida, but the poor creatures had no idea how to behave in the wild.

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For days, the confused chimpanzees tried to touch the grass and feel the breeze, but they all clambered back to huddle up in their cages out of fear.

That’s when 23-year-old Linda Koebner came into the picture. The animal behaviorist became the caretaker for these traumatized chimps.

Linda stayed with the chimps for 6 years and helped them transition into the wild. When her work was done, she knew she had to move on and work with other abused chimpanzees.

She eventually founded her own chimp sanctuary in Louisiana, and dedicated her life to these amazing animals.

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In this breathtaking video, we see Linda returning to the Florida sanctuary after 25 long years.

It has been 18 years since she last saw the chimpanzees she had helped, and she wonders if the chimps she cared for still remember her.

She immediately spots Doll and Swing, 2 of her favorite chimps, and reaches out to them like an old friend.

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The moment Linda says, “Do you remember me?”, Swing’s face lights up with a huge smile.

Soon, Doll also crawls in to embrace her favorite human, and the trio get blissfully lost in a series of hugs!

What a precious reunion! Chimpanzees are such kind, noble and magnificent beings, and they all deserve to live in dignity.

Click the video below to watch Linda’s emotionally charged reunion with the chimpanzees after 18 years.

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10 of the Smartest Dogs in the World:


A friend of mine has a beautiful Dalmatian. Friendly, energetic and lovable, she was a perfect family pet… but she wasn’t the smartest pooch on the planet. See, she knew how to go through the pet door out into the garden, but she had no clue how to get back inside. It never occurred to her that the flap could swing both ways. So she would sit outside and howl until my friend would open the door.

Repeated demonstrations of the dual movement of the flap had no effect; it just did not compute. The dog breeds on this list, however, probably don’t have that problem. They’re widely considered to be among the cleverest canines in the world. Take a look and see if you agree.

1. German Shepherd

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No surprise here. German Shepherds are the world’s best police dogs, military dogs, and some have even been movie stars (remember Rin Tin Tin?). Brave, loyal, smart and strong, they’re the total package.

2. Beagle

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Also on the list of the best family-friendly dogs in the world, the Beagle has an incredible nose that lets them sniff out just about anything. Born detectives, they’re not the most trainable pets, but they are smart. And hey, nobody ever accused Snoopy of being dumb.

3. Golden Retriever

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A popular choice for assistance dogs for their easy temperament, natural intelligence and loyalty, Golden Retrievers are natural guides and also serve as great rescue dogs. Active and fun to be around, they’re wonderful family pets.

4. Border Collie

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Border Collies are considered by many to be the geniuses of the dog world. Expert herders, laser-focused (they’re known for their intense stare), and incredibly agile to boot, they’re workaholics and excellent athletes. Just don’t expect to keep one cooped up in an apartment.

5. Poodle


Did you know poodles were originally hunting dogs? They respond very well to training and are quick to learn tricks. So don’t let the fluffy looks and styled mane fool you! These dogs are among the smart canines around. Plus, they’re among the best dogs in the world for those who suffer allergies.

6. Belgian Malinois


A terrific military dog, the Malinois is a natural herder, tracker and worker. Smart, trainable and protective, these dogs require an owner who knows what he or she is doing. In addition to the military, Malinois are often recruited as guard dogs and police dogs as well.

7. Papillon

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Named for their butterfly-shaped ears, papillons are small, cute and pretty smart. They’re considered the smartest of the toy dog breed, with intelligence levels comparable to the über-smart border collie. They’re alert and focused pets, and loyal and lovable: an ideal friend for he family.

8. Doberman


Sadly, Dobermans are known more for their ferocity than their smarts, but these are considered among the most intelligent dogs in the world, as well as one of the most effective guard dogs around. They’re outstanding students known to be affectionate and obedient.

9. Bloodhound

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Don’t let the wrinkles and dopey expression fool you! Bloodhounds have the keenest of noses, and are often used for trailing (so much so that their evidence can be used in court against you!). These are loving but strong-willed dogs, and are often used on search and rescue missions.

10. Australian Cattle Dog

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You need a smart, determined and energetic dog to control unruly cows. And that’s just what the Australian Cattle Dog, or ACD, does. They’re intelligent enough to herd these much larger creatures, and while they need their independence and wide open spaces, they’re eager workers who know how to get the job done.

Did we miss your brainy dog on this list? If so, write in and let us know about it!

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