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  • Activist challenges judges to redefine chimpanzees’ legal status

    04/15/2014 8:33:52 AM PDT · by fishtank · 26 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | 4-15-14 | Warren Nunn
    Activist challenges judges to redefine chimpanzees’ legal status: Animal rights lawyer Steven Wise courts controversy by Warren Nunn Published: 15 April 2014 (GMT+10) If Steven Wise has his way, chimps will have quasi-human rights. Lawsuits on behalf of captive chimpanzees in America could be a turning point in how the judiciary adjudicates on animal rights. A group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits on behalf of the chimps claiming they were ‘nonhuman animals’ that had a right to live free from confinement and not be regarded as property but as ‘legal persons’.1 The organisation’s website summarized the move:...
  • (Commie-Soviet Mad Science) The Man Who Tried to Make Human-Ape Hybrids

    06/14/2013 8:37:29 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies
    IO9 ^ | June 14, 2013 | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    The man who tried to make human-ape hybrids Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov was a gifted scientist, a dedicated conservationist, and a practical, grounded man who expanded everyone's understanding of animal husbandry. He also, for years, tried to make human-ape hybrids. The post-revolution USSR was a nation that wanted to wholly embrace new technology and progressive science while reinforcing traditional nationalistic pride. It's no wonder that Ilya Ivanovic Ivanov fit right in. He was a biologist who wanted to split his talents evenly between innovation and preservation. Ivanov got a lot of Soviet and international support because he'd been doing useful work...
  • Panic at German zoo as five chimpanzees create makeshift ladder out of branches/jump out of pen

    07/12/2012 3:29:55 PM PDT · by rawhide · 38 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 6-12-12 | Allan Hall
    A great ape escape caused panic in Germany when five clever chimpanzees broke out of their zoo compound, using a ladder they had fashioned together out of tree branches. After scaling the wall on Wednesday, the primates were able to walk among the 2,500 visitors to Hanover's Experience Zoo. While the chimps were content to taste life on the other side of the fence, a five year old girl and an an elderly man were hurt in the panic as staff hurriedly evacuated the park. Four of the five chimps - seven in total live in the enclosure - tasted...
  • (Zombie Apes?!? Banana Bath Salts?!?) Adult Chimpanzee Fatally Mauls Baby Chimp at LA Zoo

    06/27/2012 9:29:21 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies
    NBC 4 Los Angeles ^ | Wednesday, Jun 27, 2012 | Beverly White and Sam
    Adult Chimpanzee Fatally Mauls Baby Chimp at LA Zoo The unnamed infant was born March 6 to Gracie, who is being allowed to keep the infant overnight to grieve, zoo officials said. The first chimpanzee baby born at the LA Zoo in 13 years was mauled to death Tuesday by an adult chimp in front of a crowd of visitors, including children, zoo officials said. The unnamed infant was born March 6 to Gracie, who is being allowed to keep the infant overnight to grieve, zoo officials said. When the adult male chimp began attacking the infant, zoo staff were...
  • Calif. GOP official emails Obama ape 'joke,' says it's not racist

    04/18/2011 5:27:20 AM PDT · by Scanian · 46 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 17, 2011 | AP
    <p>LOS ANGELES — A Southern California Republican Party official was under fire yesterday after allegations she sent an email that included an altered photo depicting President Barack Obama as an ape.</p> <p>An email reportedly sent by party central committee member Marilyn Davenport shows an image, posed like a family portrait, of chimpanzee parents and child, with Obama's face artificially superimposed on the child. Text beneath the photo reads, "Now you know why no birth certificate."</p>
  • Victim's scars, medical bills replay horrors of chimp attack (sanctuary cover-up)

    01/23/2011 3:30:36 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies · 1+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | January 23, 2011 | Lorri Helfand
    Maturen, 22, had been a volunteer at the sanctuary for more than three years. She recalls the events of Feb. 12 [2010] in great detail. [snip -- she relates the horror in detail next] No one from the sanctuary called 911...Just before 11:30 a.m., someone else did call. A man told the dispatcher..."Something's happening over there," he said. "I don't know if one of those apes got loose, but we had to run out of there real fast, and there were women screaming over there." Deputy Gregory Mason arrived at 11:37 a.m. and found the gates locked.... [snip -- she...
  • Chimps Beat College Kids In Computer Game

    06/24/2010 11:01:35 AM PDT · by grundle · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | Dec. 3, 2007
    This photo from the Primate Research Institute in Kyoto, Japan, shows a chimpanzee named Ayumu performing a memory test with nine numerals placed in various positions on a touch sensitive monitor. His performance (tapping the numbers in order) bested that of college-age adults. (AP) Never mind that TV show that asks if you're smarter than a fifth-grader. Is your memory better than a young chimp's? Maybe not. Japanese researchers pitted young chimps against human adults in two tests of short-term memory, and overall, the chimps won. That challenges the belief of many people, including many scientists, that "humans are...
  • Restating the case for human uniqueness

    08/10/2009 9:27:31 AM PDT · by AreaMan · 8 replies · 573+ views
    Spiked Online ^ | Summer 2009 | Helene Guldberg
    home | about spiked | issues | support spiked Friday 26 June 2009Restating the case for human uniquenessA brilliant new book cuts through all the media-oriented research about ‘clever chimps’ using tools, doing maths and feeling emotions, and reminds us that, in truth, there is nothing remotely human about primates.Helene Guldberg Not a Chimp: The Hunt to Find the Genes That Make Us Human is a refreshing defence of human uniqueness. ‘We are a truly exceptional primate with minds that are genuinely discontinuous to other animals’, Jeremy Taylor writes. The first half of Not a Chimp challenges ‘the basis...
  • Wild chimpanzees get AIDS-like illness - Finding challenges long-held assumption.

    07/22/2009 8:22:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 1,092+ views
    Nature News ^ | 22 July 2009 | Erika Check Hayden
    Some chimps in Gombe National Park have been succumbing to an AIDS-like disease.Michael L. Wilson Researchers have overturned a decade-old consensus that chimpanzees cannot fall ill as a result of infection with a virus similar to HIV.Previously, scientists had thought that chimpanzees were like other non-human primates that can become infected with simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) — which is closely related to HIV — but do not go on to be seriously sickened by the virus.The results suggest that it will not be possible to find the key to HIV immunity in the chimpanzee genome, as scientists had hoped. However,...
  • St. James, LaDonna, and Little Moe: The Worst Story I Ever Heard

    02/18/2009 12:40:02 AM PST · by kik5150 · 7 replies · 1,241+ views
    Esquire ^ | 02/17/09 | Rich Schapiro
    The Davises are like any other family, only instead of a son, they raised a chimpanzee. For thirty years, everything was going swell. Then something far stranger — and horrifying — happened. Just as horrifying — if not more so — than the chimpanzee attack in Connecticut on Monday.
  • Celebrity Chimp Gets Loose, Attacks Woman

    02/16/2009 11:31:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies · 1,933+ views
    A pet chimpanzee - who had appeared in TV commercials and shows - got loose at a home at 241 Rock Rimmon Road in Stamford, Connecticut Monday afternoon, according to Stamford police. And it was not his first time. His owner, Sandra Herold, 70, had called a friend over to help since "Travis" was misbehaving. He had taken the keys to the car. The chimp was also trying to open car doors, which he apparently did to indicate he wanted to go for a ride. Herold was able to coax Travis back to the house and she gave him some...
  • Are Wild Chimpanzees Dying from AIDS?

    02/15/2009 9:09:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies · 934+ views
    Science</em>NOW Daily News ^ | 10 February 2009 | Jon Cohen
    Enlarge ImageRelative similarities. Gombe chimps infected by SIVcpz have a remarkably high death rate and evidence of AIDS-like immune damage.Credit: Michael Wilson MONTREAL, CANADA--Researchers have long assumed that SIVcpz, the chimpanzee virus that infected humans and triggered the AIDS epidemic, caused no harm to the apes. But new data presented here today at the 16th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections reveal that wild chimps infected with SIVcpz are more likely to die than uninfected chimps. The animals also show AIDS-like damage to their immune systems. The finding raises the possibility that chimps, too, are suffering from an AIDS...
  • Chimps Not So Selfish: Comforting Behavior May Well Be Expression Of Empathy

    06/26/2008 3:38:39 PM PDT · by ProCivitas · 8 replies · 119+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 6/19/08
    Compared to their sex-mad, peace-loving Bonobo counterparts, chimpanzees are often seen as a scheming, war-mongering, and selfish species. As both apes are allegedly our closest relatives, together they are often depicted as representing the two extremes of human behaviour. Orlaith Fraser, who will receive her PhD from LJMU's School of Biological Sciences in July 2008, has conducted research that shows chimpanzee behaviour is not as clear cut as previously thought. Her study is the first one to demonstrate the effects of consolation amongst chimpanzees. In her recently published article, Fraser analyses how the apes behave after a fight. Working with...
  • Sign-language chimp dies

    11/05/2007 7:12:03 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 41 replies · 32+ views
    CNN ^ | 11/05/2007 | AP
    SPOKANE, Washington (AP) -- Washoe, a female chimpanzee said to be the first non-human to acquire human language, has died of natural causes at the research institute where she was kept. Washoe, who first learned a bit of American Sign Language in a research project in Nevada, had been living on Central Washington University's Ellensburg campus since 1980. Her keepers said she had a vocabulary of about 250 words, although critics contended Washoe and some other primates learned to imitate sign language, but did not develop true language skills. She died Tuesday night, according to Roger and Deborah Fouts, co-founders...
  • Chimpanzees Are Actually Three Distinct Groups, Gene Study Shows

    04/22/2007 4:27:21 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 896+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4-22-2007 | University Of Chicago
    Source: University of Chicago Medical Center Date: April 22, 2007 Chimpanzees Are Actually Three Distinct Groups, Gene Study Shows Science Daily — The largest study to date of genetic variation among chimpanzees has found that the traditional, geography-based sorting of chimps into three populations--western, central and eastern--is underpinned by significant genetic differences, two to three times greater than the variation between the most different human populations. In the April 2007 issue of the journal PLOS Genetics, researchers from the University of Chicago, Harvard, the Broad Institute and Arizona State show that there has been very little detectable admixture between the...
  • Chimp Virus Is Linked to H.I.V.

    05/25/2006 9:40:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 64 replies · 2,394+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 26, 2006 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    By studying chimpanzee droppings in remote African jungles, scientists reported yesterday, they have found direct evidence of a missing link between a chimpanzee virus and the one that causes human AIDS. Scientists have long suspected that chimpanzees are the source of the human AIDS pandemic because at least one subspecies carries a simian immune deficiency virus closely related to H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS. But because the simian virus, known as S.I.V.cpz, was identified in chimpanzees in captivity, researchers could not be sure that the same simian virus existed among these apes in the wild. It does, the team...
  • The Attacks Of The Killer Chimpanzees (What's Come Over Tarzan's Little Buddies?)

    05/02/2006 10:48:15 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 29 replies · 1,072+ views
    Hartford Courant ^ | May 1, 2006 | JESSE LEAVENWORTH
    Chimpanzees are supposed to be the "good" apes, cute and funny, the hairy little people depicted in thousands of films and TV shows. But recent news out of western Africa shows they can be brutally fierce. A chimp attacked and killed a Sierra Leone man who was driving Americans to a wildlife refuge Sunday. Another man lost part of his hand in the attack. Some news reports said a group of up to 20 chimps that had broken out of their enclosures gang-attacked the men, while other stories have pinned responsibility on one animal, possibly a chimp named Bruno, the...
  • Pamela Anderson Says Chimpanzees Should Not Live Like Her

    04/28/2006 5:08:58 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 69 replies · 1,786+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 4/28/2006 | Pamela Anderson
    No Way to Treat a Relative Chimps shouldn't be forced to live like me. BY PAMELA ANDERSON Friday, April 28, 2006 12:01 a.m. EDT King Kong is my hero. He's big, muscular, sensitive, a terrific actor--and he's not real. The use of computer-generated imagery has really taken off in Hollywood. So why has Madison Avenue suddenly gone bananas for real apes? Chimpanzees are our closest living relatives, with at least 95% of the same DNA. We're closer to them than they are to gorillas, so when I see chimpanzees being used as on-screen comedians, dressed up in silly costumes to...
  • Police hunt Leone 'killer chimps'

    04/24/2006 9:58:25 AM PDT · by null and void · 25 replies · 1,286+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 24 April 2006 | Staff
    Bruno, the alpha male, is said to be large, powerful and wary of visitors Police in Sierra Leone are on the hunt for a group of chimpanzees, who escaped from their wildlife sanctuary after a fatal attack on construction workers. Armed reinforcements are combing the area after a Sierra Leonean died and two Americans were seriously injured. Security personnel said four men were attacked on Sunday after entering the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Angry chimps killed and mutilated the driver. The two Americans are in a hospital in the capital, Freetown. A worker at Tacugama told the BBC that some...
  • Chimp and human DNA is 96% identical

    09/02/2005 5:54:45 AM PDT · by nfldgirl · 40 replies · 1,083+ views
    Financial Times ^ | August 31 2005 | Clive Cookson, Science Editor
    By Clive Cookson, Science Editor Published: August 31 2005 18:46 | Last updated: August 31 2005 18:46 The first detailed genetic comparison between humans and chimpanzees shows that 96 per cent of the DNA sequence is identical in the two species. But there are significant differences, particularly in genes relating to sexual reproduction, brain development, immunity and the sense of smell. An international scientific consortium publishes the genome of the chimpanzee, the animal most closely related to homo sapiens on Thursday in the journal Nature. It is the fourth mammal to have its full genome sequenced, after the mouse, rat...
  • Woman attacked by chimp speaks of the attack

    03/06/2005 1:50:47 AM PST · by ambrose · 196 replies · 13,738+ views
    KGET ^ | 3..05.05
    Woman attacked by chimp speaks of the attack updated 03/05/05 BAKERSFIELD - A West Covina man critically attacked by a chimpanzee on earlier in the week continues to struggle for his life at Loma Linda University Medical Center. The attacked happened on Thursday morning at the Animal Haven Ranch near Havilah. On Saturday, his wife LaDonna Davis, who was also attacked, spoke to NBC’s Today Show about the trauma that changed her and her husband's lives forever. Davis and her husband St. James Davis were having a birthday party for their longtime pet chimpanzee Moe. When they were suddenly attacked...
  • Chimps Escape, Attack Sanctuary Workers

    03/03/2005 3:41:37 PM PST · by keat · 65 replies · 5,177+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 3, 2005, 4:43 PM EST
    CALIENTE, Calif. -- Several chimpanzees escaped from their cages at an animal sanctuary and attacked workers, injuring two, authorities said. At least one chimp was shot to death. One of the employees was badly injured and had to be airlifted to a hospital after the attack at the Animal Haven Ranch, about 20 miles from Bakersfield, said Cheryl Longwith, a sheriff's spokeswoman. The other employee's condition was not disclosed. Animal Haven employees shot and killed at least one of the escaped chimpanzees, Longwith said. Longwith said she did not know how the chimpanzees had escaped their cages or whether any...
  • Monkeys make a meal of human babies

    01/06/2004 8:33:50 AM PST · by Kennesaw · 55 replies · 5,818+ views
    The Australian ^ | 01/01/05 | The Times
    Monkeys make a meal of human babies From The Times January 01, 2004 Chimpanzees struggling to survive amid the destruction of their forest habitat are snatching and killing human babies. At least eight children have died in the past seven years in Uganda and Tanzania after being taken by chimpanzees and a further eight have been injured. The children were found with limbs and other body parts chewed off. Primate experts blame deforestation and human encroachment on the chimpanzees' habitat for the aggressive behaviour, but are divided on whether the animals are defending their territory or seeking a replacement food...
  • Mutated monkey viruses gave us Aids - study

    06/21/2003 7:53:45 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 18 replies · 328+ views
    Mutated monkey viruses gave us Aids - study By Steve Connor London - Scientists have pinpointed the origin of Aids. A new study claims to prove that HIV came about when two monkey viruses joined together in chimpanzees. Scientists have found that chimpanzees became infected with two simian immuno-deficiency viruses (SIVs) that had "viral sex" to form a third virus capable of infecting humans. The findings follow 10 years of research into the origin and evolution of Aids by Paul Sharp of Nottingham University and Beatrice Hahn of the University of Alabama. One implication of the research - published...
  • Scientists Unravel Roots of AIDS-like Virus in Chimpanzees

    06/15/2003 12:54:04 PM PDT · by yonif · 10 replies · 218+ views
    Scientific American ^ | June 13, 2003 | Sarah Graham
    Researchers investigating the origins of the AIDS virus have traced it to a similar virus--simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV)--that jumped from chimpanzees to humans. But how chimpanzees first acquired SIV remains unclear. New findings published today in the journal Science indicate that HIV's predecessor arose as a combination of two monkey viruses about a million years ago. Paul Sharp of the University of Nottingham and his colleagues studied the evolutionary history of a variety of SIV strains. The researchers found that the family trees of the chimpanzee virus (SIVcpz) constructed using different parts of its genome varied significantly, suggesting it arose...
  • The Wife Beaters of Kibale (chimpanzees)

    08/14/2002 3:05:52 PM PDT · by I Hired Craig Livingstone · 10 replies · 488+ views
    Time ^ | August 11, 2002 | Eugene Linden
    You reach Harvard University's biological anthropology department by climbing five flights of fusty wooden stairs in the Peabody Museum in Cambridge, Mass. It's an old building, haunted by the remnants of long lost tribes and the ghosts of an era when anthropologists thought nothing of collecting the paraphernalia of ancestor worship, not to mention the bones of the ancestors themselves. But it's not bones that have brought me to the Peabody today. I've made the climb to meet Carole Hooven, a young graduate student in biological anthropology, and Richard Wrangham, one of the world's leading experts on chimpanzee behavior. They...