It was the summer of 1959 and I was vacationing in Madras ( now Chennai) with my family.On a blistering hot morning my cousins and I went to the zoo. We got there at noon, just about feeding time for the monkeys. As we watched , a zoo keeper bearing a metal tray of cut up bananas, apples and other fruit approached the monkey cage. Placing the tray on the ground , he unlocked the cage and a large chimp shambled out.It wrapped its long arms around the keeper and man and monkey embraced each other. The man then picked up the tray and the two of them walked hand in hand to a ledge a little distance away. They sat down together with the chimpanzee’s left arm draped over the keeper’s shoulder and it proceeded to eat the fruit with it’s other hand.
I remember noticing that the first thing that the chimp did when it was let out of the cage , before it did anything else, was to embrace the keeper. This was the person who, when the meal was done, would lock it back in it’s cage but yet all the chimp felt for him was Love. It is a scene that has remained with me all these years. Man and monkey, two different species, prisoner and jailer sitting quietly with their arms around each other.