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Two Chimps Went To Go See Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes And It Was Absolutely Adorable! Watch HERE!

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These two chimps had a BLAST at a screening of Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes!

If we were to open by saying "So two chimps walk into a movie theater," you'd probably be thinking to yourself that this is the beginning of a really bad joke!

But this ACTUALLY happened, and it was amazing!

Two chimps, Vali and Sugrive, from the Myrtle Beach Safari made their way to the local movie theater to catch a screening of Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, because DUH!

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PETA Releases Worst Super Bowl Commercials List!

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Well, this certainly takes the fun out of these!

But we're glad to be informed of the really tragic reality behind something that appears so harmless and cute!

PETA has released their list of the best and worst Super Bowl commercials regarding the treatment of animals, and while advertisers like Kia and Budweiser were rated among the favorites, it was CareerBuilder that was rewarded the Ass-Backwards Corporation of the Year Award for its clip (above) which features baby chimpanzees, despite being aware that they are notoriously taken away from their mothers after birth, and trained violently for usage in the media, before being discarded at roadside zoos!

Just terrible!

Meanwhile, Sketchers was also noted for their promotion of dog racing in their ad (after the jump!), which is also notorious for its less-than-stellar treatment of greyhounds while they can race, and once they are too old or injured, are discarded or put down!

So unfortunate. We sincerely hope that these companies take the time to get educated on what has proven to be very irresponsible marketing, and ensure that their commercials reflect such in the coming years!

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Elephants Are Smart… Maybe Too Smart

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Elephants are a little too smart

An Elephant never forgets - because it's super smart.

In a series of tests, the giant mammals learned to cooperate to solve a problem, unlike other animals, researchers reported on Monday.

Elephants are socially complex, explained lead researcher Joshua M. Plotnik.

"They help others in distress. They seem in some ways emotionally attached to each other, so you would expect there would be some level of cooperation."

The elephants caught on as quickly as chimpanzees, elevating themselves to such heady company as great apes, dolphins and crows, according to researchers at England's Cambridge University.

One researcher noticed:

"Elephants are big, they're social, they live long lives and they're really, really smart."

But really - should we be worried about an elephant uprising? Hah!

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Emily Deschanel Stands Up For Chimps

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emily Deschanel Fights for Chimps

Go Em!

She plays a forensic scientist on the hit Fox show “Bones,” but Emily Deschanel helps stop crimes in real life, too:

the actress and animal lover is currently fighting for the lives of 14 chimps being used for testing by the National Institue of Health.

Deschanel sent the NIH a letter after learning that they plan to send 14 aging chimpanzees from the Alamogordo Primate Facility (a rehab and retirement facility for chimps used in testing) to a research center with a “long history of animal abuse."f

Deschanel wrote:

“Each individual chimpanzee has his or her own story. As you know, their stories are all filled with pain and suffering. But you have an opportunity to give these 14 chimpanzees’ stories a happy ending.”

The chimps won a recent victory when the NIH suspended plans to move a huge group of 186 chimps from the rehab facility to the research center. However, the fate of the 14 chimps is still in question.

Deschanel has been heavily involved in animal rights cases in the past, is an outspoken vegan (along with her sister, “500 Days of Summer” star Zooey Deschanel), and even won the “Humane Advocate Award” from the Humane Society.

Read Emily's letter to NIH After The Jump.

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Wild Cheetah Puts Spotlight On Illegal Animal Trade

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Cheetah appearance in public spotlights illegal animal trade in middle east

When a wild cheetah walked the streets of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates earlier this month, it caused a stir with the citizens, but more importantly has put a spotlight back on the illegal trade of exotic animals that thrives in the Middle East.

Beyond cheetahs, the thriving exotic market sells all kinds of animals including chimpanzees, green velvet monkeys, bush babies, bears, pythons, tortoises, and birds of prey.

Although the problem extends around the globe, experts agree that in the Middle East, "there are some aspects of illegal trade that are particular or peculiar to the region."

The Middle East is the world's "premier destination" for illegally-traded birds of prey and some wealthy exotic pet collectors, who consider themselves above the law - and pay $200,000 for a falcon.

Besides taking animals prisoner and out of their natural habitat, there are bigger problems that stem from this illegal trade.

Mohamed Elsayed, Middle East program officer for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, says:

"The trouble is people who have no knowledge about the proper care of animals put the animals at risk and create the real possibility of transmitting disease from exotic pets to humans."

He can say that again! Anybody see Outbreak?

All but three middle eastern countries have signed an initiative to limit and prevent this illegal and cruel trade.

Let's hope the world can work together to stop it everywhere else too!

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Smoking Chimpanzee Is Rescued From Zoo In Lebanon

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omega the smoking chimp

Omega, the 12-year old chimpanzee was rescued from a Lebanese zoo where they had him smoking cigarettes to entertain visitors!

This is so sad!

He had previously worked at a restaurant where he would smoke for entertainment and serve water pipes to customers.

Eventually he was taken to a zoo where for the past 10 years he has lived in a cage measuring 430 square feet, where visitors would throw cigarettes to him. OMG!!!

Animals Lebanon, an animal rights group had heard about this zoo and Omega and worked to close it down and get the animals new homes.

Omega will be brought to a sanctuary in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Lebanon is a country with virtually no animal rights protection laws.

We are glad that something was done to help this poor animals.

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Chimps Tend To Be Right Handed

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Chimpanzees are very similar to humans, and a recent study has found another way they are like us.

Most chimps, like most humans, are right handed.

Researchers studied 114 chimps in Zambia. They placed food in tubes and then closely watched the chimps to see which hand they used.

It turned out that the right hand was the dominant hand in most cases.

Also, more of the female chimps used their right hand than the males, which is another similarity, since more women are right handed than men.

It was said that the use of a dominant hand "had traditionally been considered exclusively human and had been believed to be caused by asymmetries observed in the human brain that are related to the realization of complicated activities that require the use and coordination of both hands."

This is pretty interesting!

It just shows how genetically similar we are to primates!

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