In Memory of Bobby
Bobby was shipped to Primarily Primates from his home at The Ohio State University Chimpanzee Center on March 1, 2006 with the rest of Kermit's Community. After the incompetent transfer that led to Kermit's death, Bobby, Sarah, Sheba, Ivy and Keeli were separated from Harper and Emma (who were taken to Wally Swett's backyard enclosure) and from Darrell (who was put in solitary confinement in a small dark indoor cage). Less than two months after this traumatic move, Bobby was found dead. Although the former director of PPI, Wally Swett, pinned his death on a "heart condition," much like many who try to cover-up their responsibility for otherwise unexplained chimpanzee deaths, Bob's necropsy report suggests that Bobby's heart failed because he was starving. After seeing video footage of Bobby four weeks after he arrived at PPI, his former caretakers reported that he had lost over 60 lbs. Bobby was given no medical attention even though a PPI staff member noticed that he was lethargic in the days leading up to his death. The special instructions sent to PPI from his former caretakers regarding his sensitive nature were ignored and the 6 weeks he spent at PPI were filled with confusion, despair, and literal heartbreak. His death was slow, painful, and unnecessary. The people who starved Bobby to death and caused him to die of a broken heart claim to be friends of animals. Bobby, and all the chimps at PPI, don't need those sorts of "friends."
Bobby was a remarkable individual -- everyone who met him immediate noticed just how unique he was. He was extraordinarily intelligent, mastering over 60 English words that he would breeze through on his computer touch-frame. He taught the other chimps how to solve problems. He was a fantastic artist, who enjoyed making paintings and eating paint. He was an active member of the group, his displays were the longest, loudest, and most rhythmical of any of Kermit's Community members. Yet, Bobby was the gentlest, most compassionate individual. He was sweet, loving, and completely trusting. He would blow kisses to caretakers and flirt with visitors. He trusted and respected those around him and he was betrayed. His death will always weigh especially heavy on the hearts of those who knew and loved Bob, because he truly was special. We owe it to this beautiful, extraordinary being to make sure the abuse and neglect Bobby suffered at the hands of the ignorant and arrogant never happens again.