Bala was offered more chimpanzees as word spread that there was a couple rescuing neglected and unwanted chimpanzees.
The staff once again hid close to the sanctuary, getting what food for the chimpanzees they could. Bala was fortunate to be living in a part of Freetown that remained under the protection of ECOMOG forces allowing him to stay in Sierra Leone despite the ongoing war. Within days of the coup starting, and during a curfew, Christo fell sick with tetanus and Bala was forced to break into a pharmaceutical store to obtain the life saving drugs. One of the deceased was sadly Mr. Prince Palmer, the chairman of the Tacugama Sanctuary steering committee.