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Chimpanzee Wears Blanket, Refuses To Go Outside Without It (VIDEO)

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It may not be as fashionable as the IKEA monkey's little beige coat, but Nakima refuses to go outside without her blanket.

At Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary in the U.K., the female chimpanzee is known for wearing her blanket around her shoulders like a shawl to keep out the cold.

"She won't set foot outside the bedroom if she's not got a blanket with her to keep her warm during the day," zookeeper Jan Garen told ITV News recently.

According to Garen, the odd habit originated from the chimp's upbringing. Before she came to the sanctuary, Nakima lived in a house for almost 29 years and became accustomed to wearing a blanket, Garen explains in the video clip.

While the primate park features heated accommodations for its inhabitants, Nakima is the only chimp who regularly wears a blanket. So Garen believes she may be milking it a bit.

"She definitely knows how to work the crowd," Garen says in the video. "She'll do a little shiver if she sees somebody looking. Whereas the other boys don't seem to be effected at all."

Run by Garen and her husband Graham, the Wales sanctuary offers refuge to unwanted primates. The pair first took in seven chimpanzees 14 years ago, transforming a family farm into a wildlife park, the BBC reports.

Chimpanzees are currently classified as endangered and face threats such as habitat loss and bushmeat hunting, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

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