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Mary the chimpanzee

By Chester Zoo

Our Zoo News, December 1937:

“Undoubtedly the most popular chimpanzee arrived at the zoo in November 1932 direct from Africa – Mary. She was then about 18 to 24 months old. She quickly endeared herself to all by her very kind nature, and even at the age of about seven years is very gentle with those she loves. She thoroughly enjoys a rough and tumble game, but her weight and strength are now too great for her keepers to have many of these. She thoroughly enjoys helping in all sorts of work, and can manipulate a screw driver and spanner with the technique of an expert.”

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