‘When everything is lonely I can be my best friend’.
These are the words of American Musician ConorOberst. He is right. When everything is lonely, we turn out to be our own best friend!!
Every day we see or at least hear about a lonely person. Sometimes that lonely person will be us. Loneliness is not a thing that is experienced by the humans alone. Animals too will experience loneliness. Ponso is such an animal. When he became lonely he found himself as his best buddy.
Ponso, a roughly 40 year old chimp, was dumped on an abandoned island, also called the Chimpanzee Island of the Ivory Coast more than 30 years ago after being used for medical testing by New York Blood Center (NYBC).
All of his companions have long since died including his mate and their two children.
This animal currently lives all alone on the tiny island which has no source of food and water.
Since August 2015, the Association Les Amis de Ponso (Friends of Ponso) has paid for the animal’s food and for a dedicated carer, GermainDjenemayaKoidja.
Two years ago, Ponso suffered a traumatic loss when his female companion and two children all died of unknown causes.