Touching video: chimps see sunlight for the first time

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

After spending decades in an experiment lab, a group of 10 chimpanzees is released in the outside world, 7 of them for the first time in their lives. Check out their reaction.

The video is in German. An ad-hoc translation is available courtesy of Redditor kaak454.

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2 comentarii:

Anonymous said...

So, because they don't talk, they can't think or feel... . Nowadays there ARE ways to develope a new drug without causing such harm. Less Economics and more brains

Sincerely yours, an ashamed and annoyed Pharmaceutical chemist

Marc said...

So this is a kind of 'refugee camp' in Austria it says in the description.

I agree with 'Anonymous' - it sure is horrible to keep animals in cages for pharmaceutical reasons. But you can take the video as proof for change. At last those chimpanzees got their freedom. Let me try to translate the narration quickly...

(Female voice): "They see the sun for the first time in their lives. After decades in an experimental laboratory those are the chimpanzee's first steps in freedom."

(Male voice): "They hugged each other as if they would say 'Finally we're free' and they laughed. Imagine being trapped in an elevator for 30 years and then the doors open and you're with friends. You'd just say 'I can't believe it!'. They only saw people wearing protective suits and so they never had direct contact. They never had the opportunity to learn how to climb because they were trapped in those cages when they were babies and suddenly they were able to get out."

(Female voice): "Most of the 38 lab chimpanzees spent their entire life in cages. Since 2002 they can spend the rest of their life in an Austrian 'refugee camp' were they are taken care of and prepared for a life in nature again. This moment was unique and emotional for animals and men at the same time."

(Male voice): "I saw a female chimpanzee watching a butterfly with fascination which she remembered from the jungle years ago. And now suddenly she can see one again."

(Female voice): "Those monkeys who were born in the lab are seeing this for the very first time: fresh air, grass, freedom."

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