An Australian woman, with 30-years experience as an animal trainer behind her, is rearing a baby chimpanzee from Sydney's Taroonga park Zoo.
SV Mrs. Cells walks past cages of chimps and baboons
SCU Mrs. Cells, carrying a bundle in her army, enters her front door
SV Unwraps bundle, revealing a baby chimp, which she places on the scales
CU The baby
CU Scales, baby scales in at 15 1/2 ounces
CU Another monkey in cage looks on aghast
SV Mrs Cells carefully washes the baby
CU Mrs. Cells
SV Nappy time for the young chimp
CU Nappy carefully pinned into position, next a wooly vest for the baby
CU Treat into baby's mouth
SV Mrs. Cells feeding chimp
CU Sucking away happily
SV Baby is 'burped'
CU The other monkey looks on even more aghast
SV Baby chimp swathed in bed clothes and laid to rest
CU Chimp almost asleep
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Background: An Australian woman, with 30-years experience as an animal trainer behind her, is rearing a baby chimpanzee from Sydney's Taroonga park Zoo. And she's giving it just as much care as she would a baby. The woman is Mrs. E. Cells - of Bondi, who took charge of the Chimpanzee when he was only one day old because his mother could not feed him. She named him "Mac".
For the first few days she had to feed him from an eye-dropper every two hours; but now he's graduated to a bottle every three hours, and - baby like - get wind after meals.
Mrs. Cells keeps "Mac" warm with hot water bottles and heaters, and has nursed him through some worrying moments.
He's now nineteen days old, and to celebrate the occasion he was dressed up to meet photographers in a napkin, booties, singlet and bonnet.