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Confiscated Chimp’s Status Up in the Air

April Truitt April 23, 2011

Suco, the chimpanzee who ran wild and broke the windshield of a police patrol car in a Kansas City neighborhood in October, remains stuck between two worlds.

One of her owners vowed Tuesday to fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to get her back from the Kansas City Zoo, where she has been kept in isolation since her escapade last year.


Authorities Confiscate Pet Monkey in Frankfort, KY

April Truitt April 22, 2011

Fighting back tears, Candace Ballinger handed over a canvas bag stuffed with diapers, formula and one of Caleb's favorite toys, and then said goodbye.

"It's like giving up one of your own kids," Ballinger said on Thursday, as she watched two women carry Caleb away.

Ballinger surrendered Caleb, a Barbados Green monkey, to the Primate Rescue Center in Nicholasville at the behest of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Ballinger's family had raised Caleb for the past six months, but was recently informed that it was against the law to keep him. Ballinger, 31, said she was not aware of that when she took Caleb in.


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Deficit Hawk Swoops to Save Chimps from U.S. Research

April Truitt April 15, 2011

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.), a noted budget hawk, introduced a novel way to take a tiny chunk out of the federal deficit Wednesday: Pinch pennies by preserving primates.

The "Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act" would prohibit "invasive research" on chimpanzees and retire the approximately 500 government-owned chimps in labs to private sanctuaries within three years.


Open Wide and Say “Ahhhh”

April Truitt April 07, 2011

An annual physical is the norm for most people and even their pets. As it turns out, it’s also the norm for the 11 great apes at the Primate Rescue Center in Jessamine County.

Last Friday and Saturday, veterinarians and medical specialists from near and far met to perform physical examinations on the resident troop of chimpanzees at the center.

Read more at The Jessamine Journal

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