She then returned to the enclosure and was greeted with open arms by the chimps, which was captured on camera and featured on the PBS documentary The Wisdom of the Wild. ‘Do you remember me?’ she asked
But she hadn’t been back in two decades, so decided to visit the few who remained, The Dodo reported.
‘It’s been so long,’ she says in the documentary. ‘Oh, you look great.’In the footage, Koebner takes a boat over a small body of water to where the chimps live. As she nears the other side, a chimp comes to greet her.
‘Do you remember me?’ she asks.A chimp named Swing reaches out a hand to Koebner from the dock, and cracks a huge smile.Then suddenly another chimp, named Doll, runs over excitedly. Koebner is overcome with tears as the two chimps lovingly embrace her.
They were terrified to get out of the security of their transport cage,’ Koebner says in the documentary. ‘Whether it was afraid to step on the grass, they hadn’t been on anything but hard bars for years, or just the feel of the wind and the sun. ‘They just huddled in the doorways and wouldn’t come out.’
Culled from Mailonline