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Some Chimps Almost…Kind Of…Escaped From A Zoo In The UK!

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We're glad this thing was nipped in the bud! We saw Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, so we know how this situation COULD have gone down…

The Twycross zoo in Leicestershire had to shuts its doors temporarily Thursday morning, after a gang of chimps escaped their keepers' hands and made their way towards a "secure service area."

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Retired Lab Chimps See Sunlight For The First Time!!

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We absolutely hate that any animal is tested on.

Living their lives stuck in cages, being poked and prodded for years and years is the cruelest torture.

That's why it's so so so amazing when those animals get freed!

It's even more ahmayzing when 111 chimps are freed at the same time!

Over the next 12 to 15 months, lab chimps are going to be set free and live out the rest of their lives at Chimp Haven, a gorgeous sanctuary in Keithville, Louisiana.

These chimps get to see the sky and feel grass for the first time!

They can socialize and groom one another with no bars between them too.

It's really beautiful!

Check out the video (above) to see the chimps staring at the sky in absolute awe!

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Animals Give Gifts To Their Lovers Too!!

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It's Valentine's Day!

Have you given your sweetheart something special today??

Did you know that humans aren't the only creatures who give each other gifts in hopes that they'll get laid?

All sorts of other creatures do it too!!

Snails give each other hormone injections so they don't reject a partner's sperm!

Check out a whole bunch more AFTER THE JUMP!!

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Bob Barker To The Rescue! Sends Chimps To Sanctuary!

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The Price was Right for these chimps!

Bob Barker has given five monkeys a new home in the form of an Oklahoma sanctuary.

The former game show host dropped 200,000 clams on the primates, who were on the verge of being euthanized.

The monkeys were part of lab experiments, but the particular won't be revealed.

Congrats to the monkeys on their new lives!

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Kevin Nealon And James Franco Help To Save Apes

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Many apes are tested and experimented on for their entire lives.

Some live in cages no larger than a small table top.

Along with all the activists trying to help the chimps, James Franco and Kevin Nealon have decided to pitch in.

Check them out in the above video.

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Charlotte Ross Receives Animal Advocate Award

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Charlotte Ross, two time Emmy-nominee from Glee, has been given the Animal Advocate Award by The Humane Society.

Congrats!

The award was given to her for her service to the animal protection cause.

She had most recently joined the HSUS on Capitol Hill in lobbying for protection of great apes and phasing out of invasive research on chimps in labs.

The president of the HSUS said:

"Charlotte is a true advocate, always ready to step up and take action on behalf of the issues she believes in.

She was there for us during the successful Prop 2 campaign in California, lending her voice to a measure that will improve the lives of farm animals, and now she is helping us in our bid to end the pain and isolation endured by lab chimps."

After getting the award at an el lay reception, she said:

"Capitol Hill was an eye opener – it makes Hollywood look like a cake walk!

The Great Ape Protection Act and Cost Savings Act is way overdue. We are the only industrialized nation that still tests on chimps. This bill is going to pass; it’s just a matter of time."

The acts together would retire over 500 government-owned chimps and send them to sanctuaries.

This would not only be a humane act, but it would also save taxpayers about $30,000,000 annually!!

Way to go, gurl! You deserve it!

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Kristin Bauer Wants To Protect Chimps In Captivity

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True Blood star Kristin Bauer has just launched a petition to protect chimpanzees in captivity.

She is asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serivce to provide protection specifically to chimps being used in research.

She said:

"I’ve always been fascinated by the incredible intelligence and rich, complex social lives of chimpanzees. It would be shameful to see them go extinct in the wild as we continue to exploit them here in the U.S. in invasive experiments, entertainment and as pets."

Her petition is at 1,389 of 1,500 and is hopefully going to get much more than that.

The petition stated:

"Chimpanzees have been recognized as an endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since 1990, but only wild chimpanzees are protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Captive chimpanzees in the U.S. used in painful experiments, entertainment and kept as pets don’t get any of the protections given to chimpanzees in the wild.

Studies have shown that when people see chimpanzees used in commercials and interacting with people in the media, it leads them to believe that chimpanzees not only make good pets, but that they aren’t even endangered."

U can sign the petition HERE.

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