Water, water everywhere, but not a drop able to drink.
That was the horrific situation that a colony of former research chimps faced when the New York Blood Center (NYBC) decided to leave them at their own on a cluster of islands near Liberia, without any food or water.
Water needs to be considered an essential nutrient. Because of easy access we take water for granted and do not realize the importance of proper hydration. According to experts, water is ranked second only to oxygen as essential for life. Your overall body weight is 2/3 water. A person can survive about two months without food, but only a few days without water. Now, imagine the chimps situation.
Thankfully, when rescuers first came they knew they had to give the chimps fresh water before fixing the water system. Thanks to the fast-acting coalition, as well as generous members of the public, these chimpanzees will no longer have to forage the islands for resources that aren’t there. With plenty of food, water and medical attention, these chimps can finally have the life they deserve.