Free Ralph!: An Evolutionary Fable

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Wind Eagle Press, Mar 1, 2008 - Fiction - 230 pages
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Ralph is the stage name of Kumbu, a chimpanzee who was kidnapped in infancy and trained as a trapeze performer in the circus. As his debut performance approaches, primatology professor Dr. Jane Keller mounts a campaign to return Ralph to the wild. Meanwhile, an aging small-town janitor named Wilbur Trimble is fulfilling his lifelong dream of an African safari when he gets lost in the jungle and adopted by a band of chimpanzees. When the chimps discover that he has the Gift the ability to communicate telepathically, as they do they commission him to rescue a lost little one . . . named Kumbu. As the story builds to a climax on opening day of the circus, the chimpanzees have much to teach Wilbur about ecological reality.

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Authors Foreword
A Monkey Without a Tail
Antelopes Running

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About the author (2008)

Stephen Wing gave up a 12-year career as a hitchhiker in 1990 to marry and settle in Atlanta. He now works as recycling coordinator at New Leaf Distributing Co. and senior editor of New Leafs magazine Evolve! He is the author of two books of poetry and several dozen published essays on spiritual and environmental topics. In 2006 he was diagnosed with cancer and hospitalized with a rare reaction to chemotherapy. While in the hospital, under the influence of a life-threatening fever, he conceived the story that became Free Ralph! He considers it a gift of cancer, and credits it with helping him survive his ordeal.

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