Chimp Funeral humanlike-Your Funeral Guy

30 Oct
Chimp Funeral photo

Chimp funeral photo

What is stunning about the chimp funeral is the reaction of the chimp community and how the reaction to the funeral is similar to humans.

The story behind the Viral Chimp Funeral photo is quite interesting, an abused chimp enters a chimp recovery program and  then Dorothy begins taking care of the other chimps endearing her to the fellow chimps in the community.

“The November issue of National Geographic Magazine features a moving photograph of chimpanzees watching the burial of one of their own. Since it was published, the picture and story have gone viral, turning up on websites and TV shows and in newspapers around the world.” via”

The similarity between the Chimp and human Funeral is unsettling.

Szczupider, who had been a volunteer at the center, told me: “Her presence, and loss, was palpable, and resonated throughout the group. The management at Sanaga-Yong opted to let Dorothy’s chimpanzee family witness her burial, so that perhaps they would understand, in their own capacity, that Dorothy would not return. Some chimps displayed aggression while others barked in frustration, but perhaps the most stunning reaction was a recurring, almost tangible silence. If one knows chimpanzees, then one knows that [they] are not [usually] silent creatures.”


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Photo credit Monica Szczupider from

originally submitted to “Your Shot”

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