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The Life and Death of Cholmondeley In this essay The Life and Death of Cholmondeley Gerald M Durrel effectively illustrates that the needs of Chumley the intelligent ape are better met by him rather then the authorities of the London Zoo Firstly Chumley shows many qualities of a curios infant he demonstrates a considerable potential to learn and analyze simple skills ideas and situations Like a small child it is evident that Chumley needs certain intimate attention not properly provided by the zoo When Durrel limits the amount of attention given to Chumley the ape becomes a little jealous of the new monkey Sue- but he was too much of a gentle man to show it Pg 25 Evidently Chumley longs for attention and things got out of control when he left to go out in the public and interact the best he knows how Secondly the animals physical heath and safely is a main concern when deciding weather the Zoo or Durrel should gain possession of the beast It is unsafe for the Chumley to stay in the Zoo with obviously easy access to an exit or escape root on a street where he can be hit by cars orand possibly be killed like when there were some cars parked there and Chumley approached them and beat on the doorsbut the foolish humans misconstructed his actions there he was full of Christmas Spirit asking for a lift and all they would do is wind up there windows and yell for help Pg 26 This situation demonstrates the Chumley thought not dangerous by nature pit himself in a potentially lethal situation by venturing out in the world in search of intellectual companionship Thirdly often the well being of any animal is decided by many alternate factors along with the discretion of the humans involved In this case another factor needs to be considered-the overall happiness of the subject Chumley makes it obvious that he
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