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Chimp Finds Hidden Camera, Promptly Makes Out With It (Video)

Chimp Finds Hidden Camera, Promptly Makes Out With It (Video)

 

Written by Stephen Messenger

Chimpanzees may be native to the jungles of central Africa — but there’s certainly something in their bold smooching style that’s undeniably French.

The good folks at the Chimp Sanctuary Northwest in Washington state recently installed a hidden camera to monitor the seven rescued chimpanzees under their care. It didn’t take long before Foxie, a precocious 36-year-old female, caught wind of the new recording equipment, though her reaction was anything but cold and unwelcoming. For a moment she smiles squarely into the camera lens before delivering what might best be described as a ‘wet one’.

If Foxie’s sloppy kiss seems the gesture of a happy chimp, it’s probably because she has a lot to be grateful for.

Like the other chimpanzees at the sanctuary, Foxie spent most of her life behind bars as a laboratory test subject where she was used in experimental hepatitis vaccine research. During her confinement, she was bred to produce five offspring which were each stripped from her in their infancy.

Last year, however, Foxie and the six other chimps were rescued from their grim existence in the lab and sent to spend their retirement on the sprawling grounds of the Chimp Sanctuary. For the chimpanzees, all of which were born in captivity, this was first the moment they felt the liberating rays of sunshine on their long-burdened backs.

Although she is now free from pain of her past life and contented in her retirement, the emotional scars remain. Within a month of her arrival at the sanctuary, Foxie adopted a doll to care for in the absence of her own children. Her supporters have since donated hundreds of new dolls to help bring joy to Foxie’s life, but she remains attached to that one, even if it’s a little worn from wear.

Perhaps she can relate.

This post was originally published by TreeHugger.

 

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2:14AM PST on Feb 6, 2013

uh wow.

8:08AM PDT on May 30, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

12:54AM PDT on May 22, 2012

I love that she is carrying around a Troll doll for company.

10:02PM PDT on May 21, 2012

In the Bible it is said, "Do unto others as you would do unto yourself" This should apply to animals also.

9:22PM PDT on May 21, 2012

Looks like the camera was food for this girl.

8:22PM PDT on May 21, 2012

awwww

7:37PM PDT on May 21, 2012

awwww, i'm so glad those chimps are able to live out the rest of their lives in the sanctuary instead of in a testing lab. they looked so excited to be checking out their new digs! and that was so sweet how one went up and hugged another...they must be so relieved!

7:00PM PDT on May 21, 2012

The atrocities that have been done to these animals is a blemish on mankind. Shooting the mothers in front of the babies, scarring them for life, just to thrust the infant into a cage for its entire life to be experimented upon in horrible ways. Animals that have complex ways of developing interpersonal relationships, just as in humans, denied companionship. Never to breathe fresh air, see a tree, touch grass, see a bird. Then to be subjected to painful experiments day after day. These unconscionable acts should have been stopped decades ago. I have NEVER understood how we could do these acts to an animal so close in relationship to us. NEVER. It has always just broken my heart.

6:49PM PDT on May 21, 2012

The atrocities that have been done to these animals is a blemish on mankind. Shooting the mothers in front of babies, scarring them for life, just to thrust the infant into a cage for it's entire life to be experimented upon in horrible ways. Animals that have complex ways of developing interpersonal relationships, just as humans, d

5:13PM PDT on May 21, 2012

Lab experiments on animals MUST CEASE TO EXIST ! They are ineffective (only about 4 % of drugs successful on animals were effective on humans - FDA report 2012), the animals are tortured until they die and are discarded, and they are outdated, as new much better methods of research are available today (genetics, stem cells, simulators etc.). It is just for $$$$$$$$$$$ purposes that "they" - the contemporary slaves' merchants and researchers - insist in researching on animals. Not to speak of cosmetics and cleaning materials : why do we have to have thousands of little innocent animals suffer pain and die so we can have a a detergent or a scent spray? LOOK FOR THE BUNNY ICON ON ALL PACKAGES = NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS. among the largest testers on animals are 'PROCTER & GAMBLE', NESTLÉ, L'ORÉAL . Look it up in your search browser, very easy to find the list. Don't forget to check the packages for the BUNNY. Don't buy without the BUNNY. Otherwise, why are you a member of such a site as Care2.com, anyway ? It's the least we can do... to prevent animal suffering.

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