A woman claimed to have a bizarre 'love affair' with a chimp who she would visit weekly to blow him kisses.

Adie Timmermans is a regular visitor to the zoo for four years and had grown very attached to the 38-year-old chimp, Chita.

Their weekly meet-ups would involve blowing kisses and waving through the glass of the chimp enclosure.

But last summer, the forbidden romance came to an end when the zoo banned her from visiting as they claimed she was doing more harm than good to the animal.

Adie cried to local broadcasters in Belgium, claiming that Chita would also be distraught without her visits.

She said: "I love that animal and he loves me. I haven’t got anything else. Why do they want to take that away?”

However, the zoo believed that Chita's interactions with Adie had stunted his social skills with other animals.

The zoo reportedly stated: “An animal that is too focused on people is less respected by its peers. We want Chita to be a chimpanzee as much as possible.

  • Zoo bans woman who 'loves' chimp and blows kisses through enclosure during weekly visits

"Outside of visiting hours at the zoo, he has to manage 15 hours [a day] in his group. We want to give him the chance to be as happy as possible.”

Reports say Chita grew up as a pet and was donated to the zoo when he became too big and unmanageable.

Since then he has been struggling to get along with other chimpanzees and has even injured his back in a fight in 2008.

But Adie claimed that Chita's behaviour wouldn't change because he grew up around humans instead of other chimps.

She said: “Chita is 38 and has been used to people from an early age.

"On average chimpanzees live to about 40 so his behaviour isn’t going to change now is it.”

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