Monkey decided to become a mother…Anjana the chimpanzee is well qualified to be a kitten-sitter. Since orphaned puma cub Sierra turned up at the zoo, Anjana has helped her human carers with all the feeding, cuddling and chasing duties. The chimpanzee, who is five, has lived her whole life at The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (TIGERS) in South Carolina, in the U.S..
She learned to care for little big cats while in the charge of resident feline curator China York. Park director Dr Bhagavan Antle said: ‘Chimpanzees are great learners and imitators so it wasn’t long before she took on the right behaviours that were necessary to keep the kittens in line.