Zoo bans woman having "affair" with chimpanzee

For the past four years, Adie Timmermans has visited Belgium's Antwerp Zoo to spend time with Chita, a 38-year-old chimpanzee. According to reports, the two wave and blow kisses at each other.

"We're having an affair, I'll just say," Timmermans told Antwerpse Televisie.

Now though, the zoo has apparently banned Timmermans.

"When Chita is constantly surrounded by visitors, the other monkeys ignore him and don't consider him part of the group, even though it's important for him," a zoo spokesperson said. "He then sits on his own outside of visiting hours."

From Penn Live:

[Timmermans] highlights how it's unfair that she should be singled out, especially given the undeniable bond between the two[…]

"I love that animal and he loves me," continued Timmermans. "I haven't got anything else. Why do they want to take that away?"

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