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Pick of the day: When humans adopt a chimp

I hadn't updated my iPod in who-knows-how-long and I'm not sure what got into me to update it before I went for a run yesterday morning. I'm good with music outdoors, (U2 and Lenny Kravitz keep me going when I feel like stopping for a latte) but all the snow and ice have forced me indoors onto the treadmill at the Y and I'm just about losing my mind out of sheer boredom. The morning TV shows bounce around too much and all that light chatty banter just makes me cranky.

So it was with absolute wonder that I found that I had somehow subscribed to a podcast called Radio Lab on iTunes. I tuned into the latest story, about a chimp who was taken from her mother just two days after her birth and adopted by a psychologist and his wife, who dressed her in skirts, taught her to communicate with sign language and eat with them at a table with silverware. They wondered, if they treated Lucy like a daughter, how human could she become?

It is a riveting tale. Full of human hubris, and, ultimately, heartbreaking tragedy. Download the story to listen here. And check out the photos of Lucy as a "little girl" in dresses, coloring in coloring books with her "parents" and years later, clinging to a human she thought of as a friend who'd spent years living in a cage on an island in Africa trying to help her learn to live again in the wild. It's a haunting story.

I didn't have a driveway moment. But I couldn't stop listening. I had to find out what happened at the end. So I just kept running.

By Brigid Schulte  | March 3, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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Comments

wow.....when this chimp attacks and hurts someone everyone will ask why! this is sad.

Posted by: nall92 | March 3, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

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