Chimp makes out with camera
Fri, 18 May 2012 3:14p.m.
By 3 News online staff
Foxie the chimpanzee has been caught giving a seemingly hidden camera a smooch.
The camera was set up at the Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest - a home for chimps released from biomedical research.
Foxie is a precocious 36-year-old female that spent most of her life in cages while she was used in experimental hepatitis vaccine research. In that time she produced five offspring which were each stripped from her in their infancy.
She was rescued last year from the laboratories - along with six other chimps - and taken to the sanctuary to retire and relax in the sprawling grounds.
Some of the chimps had previously never been outdoors, according to JB Mulcahy, who helped build the animals' outdoor facility.
"So to give them two acres of relative freedom, to let them enjoy the sun overhead with no bars in the way, grass underneath their feet - it's going to be life-changing for them," he said shortly before they arrived.
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