Lab Chimps Play in the Sun for the First Time

I’m really ashamed to be human on most days.

These monkeys were caged/kept indoors their entire lives and have finally been allowed outside to play.

Narration translation:

Woman Narrator:
They see for the first time in their lives, the sun. After decades in an experiment laboratory, this is the first step of the chimpanzees in to freedom.

Man Narrator:
They hugged each other, like they would say they were finally free. And then they laughed. One imagines being locked up for 30 years in an elevator, then to open the door with friends and say “I don’t believe it.” They have only seen people wearing protective clothing; they have never had regular contact. They never learned to climb, because they were brought to the laboratory as babies. Now they can finally get out.

Woman Narrator:
Most of the former 38 monkeys have spent the entire lives behind bars. Since 2002, they are now in an Austrian village, slowing being prepared a life in freedom. This moment was for both animal and people equally unique.

Man Narrator:
I saw a chimpanzee, who was starring completely fascinated at a butterfly. He knew it, from back when he was a small chimpanzee in the jungle, and now he can see them again.

Woman Narrator:
And the monkeys that were born in the laboratory are discovering everything for the first time. The air, the grass, the freedom.

11 Comments

  1. K, I get the moral issues and shit but…

    ‘first step of the chimpanzees in to freedom.’

    right. freedom. (and like freedom wouldn’t kill them anyway.)

    ‘He knew it, from back when he was a small chimpanzee in the jungle’?

    wtf… i just threw up in my mouth. oh wait no, it’s sprayed across the room. i’d apologize, but i’m not sure it’ll show up against the bullshit.

    and ‘They hugged each other, like they would say they were finally free. And then they laughed.’ – or maybe ‘they hugged each other, seeking physical contact as a comfort mechanism in the face of stress, and then they pulled “threat response” faces’…. who knows? but saccharine sucks.

    i’m ashamed to be human too.

  2. I don’t know how we can treat sentient animals, so closely related to us, in such an inhumane way. Seeing their joy and wonder made me cry.

  3. Barbwire: Does it suck that “sentient” animals are used for research? Yes. Does it suck more than dying from a disease that could have been prevented with a vaccine tested on that sentient animal? I’m gonna stick with no.

    1. Yes, it does suck that sentient animals are used as experimental subjects. I don’t know a solution except people volunteering. At least they would go into the deal well informed.

  4. I saw Project Nim a while back at a film festival. Its about a chimp brought up by a college professor and his friends with the idea to teach the chimp sign language. After the prof was done with his research the chimp, Nim Chimpsky, was sent to be used for vaccine testing. It’s a very good documentary, but it probably won’t elevate your opinion of humans at all.

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