Who needs Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer when you’ve got Mussa the baby chimpanzee and Pilot Anthony Caere?
This aerodynamic and adorable duo recently met and went on an unforgettable adventure when Mussa, who had been rescued from poachers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), was given a flight to safety courtesy of Lwiro Primates and Virunga National Park.
Mussa’s rescue flight and lap-sitting, co-piloting duties were caught on video and then shared on social media by Caere. The clip, originally posted to Instagram, shows Mussa getting some flying tips and “helping” adjust the small plane’s throttle, then enjoying a light grooming session and even taking a quick snooze atop his partner. The brave little chimp appears curious, but mostly relaxed aboard his very first flight — in fact, he takes to air travel better than many humans we know!
“Great teamwork of @lwirocrpl and Virunga National Park to save this baby out of the hands of poachers,” writes Caere in his Instagram post. “We flew baby Mussa to his new home at Lwiro Primates. This looks cute but is actually a sad story. He should be with his mum.. But happy we could give him a new good home! Thanks to the whole team! This is conservation!”
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According to CBS News, Mussa is being treated for intestinal parasites. He’s “playing and laughing” though, which conservationists report is a great sign.
While we’re holding out hope for a sequel starring these two heartbreakers, reports indicate that Caere will be able to visit his chimp pal once he’s settled in his new home, the Lwiro Primates rescue and rehabilitation center.