Niagara Gazette — “He was awesome,” added Jenna Masecchia, another sanctuary intern. “He was sick when I was there, but he was adorable.”
The Prestis said in addition to all the people who came for the memorial, Charlie’s death has also impacted his adopted chimp brother Kiko. A rescue chimp who is near totally deaf, Kiko has now become the focus of the sanctuary interns.
“He’s doing OK,” Christie said. “Carmen and the interns are really helping him.”
But for Carmen and Christie it will take some time to move past Charlie’s death.
Christie recalled how she and Carmen would say good-night to their primates every night.
“We would call out to them and say ‘Good night,’ “ she said as tears welled in her eyes. “Charlie would always respond to that. The last night, his (voice) was so quiet, I knew it was the end.”