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Lab chimps see daylight for first time in 30 years
The Sun ^ | 06 Sept 2011 | ELLIE ROSS

Posted on 09/07/2011 6:18:43 AM PDT by Palter

THIS is the moment a group of chimpanzees sees daylight for the first time in 30 years — after being locked in cages for medical testing.

The animals hugged each other in delight before they took their first steps outside.

Emotional footage, below, shows how they reacted to their new surroundings.

The outing marked the end of a 14-year bid to re-integrate the 38 primates after they spent most of their lives cooped up inside.

One commentator said: "They hugged as if saying, 'We're finally free'. And then they laughed."

The chimpanzees were taken from their mothers shortly after their births and brought to a research facility in Austria.

Scientists kept the animals in isolation and gave them HIV and hepatitis. Their ordeal finally ended in 1997 when the pharmaceutical company behind the research was sold.

The chimps were moved to a farm where keepers tried to reintroduce them to life outside — but the process was not easy.

The animals had spent so much time inside they were confused when shown patches of grass — and repeatedly threw them away.

Elated ... two chimps hug in excitement before stepping out together
Elated ... two chimps hug in excitement before stepping out together

But finally their moment of freedom came. And their keeper Renate Foidl said: "The chimps are incredibly happy. This is amazing, I have been waiting for this moment for so long."

The use of chimps for scientific research has been controversial.

Earlier this year, a hot debate was sparked in New Mexico when animal rights activists demanded the release of 180 working chimps to a sanctuary.

A well-earned retirement ... the chimps leave their enclosure for the first time in 30 years
A well-earned retirement ... the chimps leave their enclosure for the first time in 30 years


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Science
KEYWORDS: chimpanzee; chimps; hepatitis; sun
Lab Chimps See Daylight For First Time[Video]
1 posted on 09/07/2011 6:18:49 AM PDT by Palter
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To: Palter

All involved should go to jail for animal cruelty. Where is the outrage?! Bring on the lawyers there is money to be made. /s


2 posted on 09/07/2011 6:23:05 AM PDT by thebreeze756 (Live Free or Die. Death is not the worse of evils. Gen. John Stark)
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To: Palter
The animals hugged each other in delight before they took their first steps outside.

Jeez, what b.s. Chimps hug each other like that when they are scared and insecure.

3 posted on 09/07/2011 6:23:48 AM PDT by keat
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To: Palter

“Scientists kept the animals in isolation and gave them HIV and hepatitis.”

Sometimes I wonder if the animal rights bastards are right.

“THIS is the moment a group of chimpanzees sees daylight for the first time in 30 years — after being locked in cages for medical testing.”

Too bad the same cannot be done to the cretins that did this to these chimps.


4 posted on 09/07/2011 6:30:35 AM PDT by Grunthor
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To: Grunthor

So they were given diseases and they’re still alive after many years. We must have learned something.


5 posted on 09/07/2011 6:37:05 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Grunthor

It’s Criminal! Such a horrible, miserable life.


6 posted on 09/07/2011 6:40:29 AM PDT by Boardwalk
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To: Palter

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

The UK has been doing experiments putting human brain cells into the apes.


7 posted on 09/07/2011 6:40:45 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: thebreeze756
What BS just a bunch humans deciding what an animal thinks. Or what they think it is thinking. They don't know they could have been scared ect.

If we received some good information from them it was all worth while to do.

8 posted on 09/07/2011 6:43:32 AM PDT by riverrunner
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To: Sacajaweau

“So they were given diseases and they’re still alive after many years. We must have learned something.”

We’ve learned that some “human beings” have no hearts.


9 posted on 09/07/2011 6:45:06 AM PDT by Grunthor
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To: Grunthor

Scientists kept the animals in isolation and gave them HIV and hepatitis.”

Sometimes I wonder if the animal rights bastards are right.
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I do as well. Inflicting unspeakable cruelty upon innocent creatures in an effort to cure the most PREVENTABLE disease known to mankind is despicable to say the least


10 posted on 09/07/2011 6:45:55 AM PDT by wally-balls
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To: Palter
Lab chimps see daylight for first time in 30 years

I heard that one of the chimps was named "Truth"

11 posted on 09/07/2011 6:46:35 AM PDT by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurers of fine arms to the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
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To: Palter
The animals had spent so much time inside they were confused when shown patches of grass — and repeatedly threw them away.

There by showing that the chimps were smarter then the dipwits doing this. You hand me a patch of grass I will throw it away too.

12 posted on 09/07/2011 6:48:03 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Can we ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Easily. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.)
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To: wally-balls

Better a million dead chimps than to let even 1 human die.


13 posted on 09/07/2011 6:50:25 AM PDT by ari-freedom (It's time for Obama to get a downgrade.)
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To: Palter

Not sure I’d say they were hugging in excitement...look more like fear/nervousness and looking for comfort.

Not quite sure why it took 13 or 14yrs to acclimate them


14 posted on 09/07/2011 6:51:15 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Grunthor

“Sometimes I wonder if the animal rights bastards are right.”

Hope you like tofu :)


15 posted on 09/07/2011 6:52:09 AM PDT by ari-freedom (It's time for Obama to get a downgrade.)
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To: Grunthor
You would rather they infected them and let them run free?
16 posted on 09/07/2011 6:52:22 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Can we ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Easily. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.)
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To: ari-freedom

No better one deviant homosexual dies from HIV than one chimp.


17 posted on 09/07/2011 6:53:49 AM PDT by Boardwalk
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To: ari-freedom

those chimps are prime cadidates for my exotic monkey hunting ranch.


18 posted on 09/07/2011 6:53:49 AM PDT by 9422WMR (FOBO)
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To: Palter

Anthropomorphize much?


19 posted on 09/07/2011 6:55:40 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: wally-balls

It would no doubt have ruined the experiment to give the chimps any outdoor time whatsoever. Fortunately for our worst offenders in prison, they get one hour a day of outside-the-cell rec time. These chimps no doubt preferred the strictures of their cages to playing in the sun for even an hour a day.

Or do you not believe chimps are capable of play? Are they just mindless/brainless robots who prefer lab cages to exercising in a larger space with more activities?

Where I live some dogs are kept for their entire lifetime on short chains. There is no law against it. I guess if the owners infected them with AIDS and studied the result, it would be a good life for the dogs. Actually, dogs can and do enjoy playtime. Are you suggesting that chimps are stupider than dogs?

If not, why can these experiments not take place with a modicum of care for the animals? Seriously, would allowing them an outdoor playpen ruin the scientific value of the work?

Really? It would??? Okay, then; I guess keeping the chimps locked inside like high security prisoners was justified; my bad.


20 posted on 09/07/2011 6:56:51 AM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

Why infect with a wholly preventable disease?


21 posted on 09/07/2011 7:00:32 AM PDT by Grunthor
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To: Boardwalk

Not all those orphans in Africa are gay, you know.


22 posted on 09/07/2011 7:01:17 AM PDT by ari-freedom (It's time for Obama to get a downgrade.)
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To: Grunthor
To learn ways to treat it?
23 posted on 09/07/2011 7:02:21 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Can we ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Easily. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.)
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To: Palter

Planeten Auf Den Apfen ~


24 posted on 09/07/2011 7:17:36 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Palter

Why the monkeys hug... http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/03/070302-monkeys-hug.html

The video is anthropomorphic and as such, a lie.


25 posted on 09/07/2011 7:54:24 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (You know, 99.99999965% of the lawyers give all of them a bad name)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion
The video is real. The anthropomorphic interpretation is the 'lie'.
26 posted on 09/07/2011 7:58:01 AM PDT by Palter (Even liberals need jobs.)
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To: Palter

All video that is edited has a point of view. What is left out, how it is spliced together, etc. all works to tell a story. In this instance, combine that with the commentary and title and you have a lie.


27 posted on 09/07/2011 8:03:27 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (You know, 99.99999965% of the lawyers give all of them a bad name)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

Once again, the video is real. Any interpretation is up to the viewer. All things no matter if modified or ‘real’ is still a interpretation.


28 posted on 09/07/2011 8:08:39 AM PDT by Palter (Even liberals need jobs.)
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To: Palter

A “real video” is uncut. No editorial judgements are made. It is just a record without viewpoint.
In this instance, the video has been edited to present a point of view.

We will have to disagree.


29 posted on 09/07/2011 9:13:23 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (You know, 99.99999965% of the lawyers give all of them a bad name)
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To: Boardwalk

I’m with you on this issue.


30 posted on 09/07/2011 10:12:18 AM PDT by OldPossum
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