Speaking for chimps

What would it be like to never have been allowed to go outside? This German video, making the rounds today on the Intertubes, supposes to be a heartwarming tale of what happened when some chimps, who had been research animals, were sent to a safari camp and allowed to wander on their own.

Good for the chimps above but not so heartwarming once you realize the world from which they come. A week or so ago, the Humane Society in the U.S. released an investigation into the use of chimps in research.

In stories like this, it’s hard to shake this amazing photo from National Geographic in 2009 when a dead chimp was wheeled away.


(h/t: Julia Schrenkler)