The New York Post tells us this lovely Monica Szczupide photo shows “more than a dozen grief-stricken chimpanzees joined in an extraordinary expression of mourning as an elder in their family was laid to rest at a West African animal sanctuary.” Yes, very touching, circle of life and all that; but then we wondered: What’s with the fencing? Then it occurred to us that the looks on the chimps’ faces may not be expressive of mourning, and that the humans might be trying to keep them away from the corpse lest they try to eat it. And this gave us our much-needed, first laugh of the day. Thanks, Post!
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 28, 2009