Amorous Coco the chimp is ‘jeal­ous’ of women and needs a mate.

The Star Malaysia - - Front Page - By R. S.N. MURALI murali@thes­tar.com.my

MELAKA: A chim­panzee and three ele­phants at the Melaka Zoo and Night Sa­fari are des­per­ately seek­ing mates.

For the past eight years, Coco the fe­male chim­panzee has been all by her­self and is now be­gin­ning to get amorous.

It is com­mon to see Coco throw­ing branches and peb­bles at vis­i­tors and han­dlers when they pass by her en­clo­sure. She gets “jeal­ous” upon see­ing women walk­ing pass the en­clo­sure with men and turns highly ag­gres­sive.

Coco has been in the zoo for 10 years, and she and her male part­ner Koki were gifted by the Sin­ga­pore Zoo. Koki died in 2010.

State Hous­ing, Lo­cal Govern­ment and En­vi­ron­ment Com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk Tey Kok Kiew said the state govern­ment is aware that the chimp needs a part­ner.

He said Coco is among the is­sues the state govern­ment is hop­ing to solve since tak­ing over the man­age­ment of the menagerie on Oct 1.

Tey said that apart from Coco, there are three fe­male ele­phants in need of mates and two li­ons without li­onesses.

He said the li­ons are in­ac­tive and the ele­phants could turn ag­gres­sive without a part­ner.

“The Chief Min­is­ter and I will be mak­ing trips to the zoos in Sin­ga­pore and Taip­ing to see whether we could adopt and ini­ti­ate some an­i­mal trans­fer pro­grammes,” he said in an in­ter­view yes­ter­day.

Tey said the zoo is also up for a ma­jor facelift, in­clud­ing clean­ing

the bac­te­ria and al­gae-filled ponds.

Di­rec­tor of the Kuala Lumpur­based Friends of the Orangutans, Upresh­pal Singh, said he hoped the Melaka Zoo would re­tire Coco and re­lease her to her coun­try of ori­gin.

He said an African chim­panzee sanc­tu­ary was ready to ac­cept Coco and he hoped the state govern­ment would give her a new lease of life.

Jun­gle fever: It is com­mon to see Coco throw­ing branches and peb­bles at vis­i­tors and han­dlers when they pass by her en­clo­sure.

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