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Old 01-23-2013, 09:01 AM   #1
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Could this be the Beginning?

of planet of the Apes? Moving all these (advanced) research chimps to a "Chimp Haven" where they are free to live, interact, breed, evolve.

Hmmm.....

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Jan. 22, 2013: An aerial file photo of the 200-acre site in Caddo Parish near Shreveport, La., where the first phase of construction on Chimp Haven is underway. The NIH Council of Councils Working Group has approved a proposal, which also calls for major cuts in grants to study chimps in laboratories and no return to breeding them for research. Government scientists have agreed that all but 50 of hundreds of chimpanzees kept for federally funded research should be retired from labs and sent to the national sanctuary. (AP Photo/Chimp Haven, Naomi Lopez-Bauman)

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NEW ORLEANS – Government scientists have agreed that all but 50 of hundreds of chimpanzees kept for federally funded research should be retired from labs and sent to a national sanctuary.

The proposal from a National Institutes of Health committee also said all of the chimps should have plenty of room to play and climb.

The NIH Council of Councils Working Group on Tuesday approved the proposal, which also calls for major cuts in grants to study chimps in laboratories and no return to breeding them for research.

Already, nine chimpanzees arrived Tuesday at Chimp Haven outside Shreveport, La., from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's New Iberia Research Center, which no longer has an NIH chimp research contract. Seven more are expected Thursday and another 95 will arrive over the coming months, sanctuary officials said

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Old 01-23-2013, 12:08 PM   #2
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Next thing you know the chimps will be asking for transportation to Mardi Gras...
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:59 AM   #3
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It could the beginning Ken. These are the chimps that have been poked and prodded by us in the name of science. Meanwhile the ones that learned sign language have been secretly teaching the others. Don't let the wear cloths or glasses.
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:03 AM   #4
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This reminds me of this. Probably my favourite The Onion article ever.

"I'm so sorry about the tracking collars."
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:07 AM   #5
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This reminds me of this. Probably my favourite The Onion article ever.

"I'm so sorry about the tracking collars."
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:13 AM   #6
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Interesting timing

Smithsonian zoo introduces iPads to orangutans with 'App for Apes' project


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In conjunction with 12 other zoos from around the world, the Smithsonian is participating in what has been dubbed "Apps for Apes," a program that leverages the touchscreen interactivity of Apple's iPad to enrich the lives of those apes in captivity, reports DCist.

The National Zoo first joined the initiative when a zookeeper's family member donated an iPad to the Great Ape House. After talking with fellow program participants, the zoo was able to home in on ten apps that seemed to be most conducive to interaction, including a number of music, drawing and game apps. According to a keeper in the video below, one orangutan named Iris is particularly fond of the popular app Koi Pond.

"Apps for Apes is all about giving orangutans in human care choice over their environment," said animal keeper Erin Stromberg. "With the iPad, we're hoping to tap less into the critical-thinking outlet and more into a creative outlet. If they're engaged in an app, we'll keep going. If not, they have the choice to walk away."
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:14 AM   #7
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Are you part of that study?

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Old 01-24-2013, 08:17 AM   #8
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of planet of the Apes? Moving all these (advanced) research chimps to a "Chimp Haven" where they are free to live, interact, breed, evolve.
I won't divulge how the future will play out, because it's against my directives. But I will say this, it had to start somewhere; right?
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:18 AM   #9
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:19 AM   #10
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Next thing you know the chimps will be asking for transportation to Mardi Gras...
...or iPads
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This reminds me of this. Probably my favourite The Onion article ever.

"I'm so sorry about the tracking collars."
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:24 PM   #12
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...or iPads
Soon after you'll see an increase in Google searches for 'chimp porn'...
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