Chimpanzee Shares Tender Moment With Zoo Volunteer She Knew Decades Ago

A chimpanzee at the Wellington Zoo in New Zealand was reunited with a volunteer that knew her as a baby, heartwarming video from May 19 shows.

A zoo ranger caught the touching moment when Jessie, a 41-year-old chimpanzee, spotted a woman she had not seen for decades standing just outside her enclosure.

Jessie reached an arm out to the former zoo volunteer, who was standing outside the enclosure’s glass.

The alpha female, Jessie is known for her affinity for painting. The Wellington Zoo displays her artwork outside the Chimp Park. Credit: Wellington Zoo via Storyful