These laboratory chimpanzees spent their whole lives in metal cages, in a laboratory, where they underwent HIV experiments. Without having seen the sun for 30 years, these chimps were at last relocated to a sanctuary, where they would live out the rest of their days in solace.
While some of these chimpanzees were born in captivity, others had been kidnapped from African forests when they were babies, after their mothers were brutally slaughtered, according to Daily Mail. Their mothers would have normally raised the chimps to the age of 6 years old.
They were then flown to Europe and caged in an Austrian laboratory for a long series of experiments.
The firm that bought them aimed to find a vaccine for AIDS, and so the animals were injected with the HIV virus. But the experiments proved fruitless in the end.
In 2011, their ordeal was finally over. They were sent to a sanctuary, where they would be able to enjoy the outdoors in relative comfort for the remainder of their lives. The average chimpanzee lives between 50 to 60 years.
With much effort, Michael Aufhauser, 65, a founder of an animal charity that operates in four European countries, finally established Gut Aiderbichl’s Sanctuary outside Vienna for these poor primates.
“Some chimpanzees were infected with the HIV virus. Of course, they became HIV positive,” said Mr. Aufhauser. “But none of them, not here in Austria or anywhere else in the world, developed full-blown Aids. Therefore, the program was useless. It achieved absolutely nothing.”
“At last, they will have some dignity and some fun for what remains of their lives.”
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