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New start for cage rescue chimp

CBBC

 

Chimpanzee Patricia is starting a new life at a British animal rescue centre after two years of talks to rescue her from a tiny cage on the Canary Islands.

Holidaymakers saw her locked up on the patio of a house and raised the alarm with experts at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset.

Dr Alison Cronin, who owns and runs the centre with husband Jim, took on her case and battled to save her.

Now Patricia is learning to live with other apes for the first time.

Dr Cronin said the chimp's mother was probably killed by hunters in Africa and Patricia was shipped to the Canaries as a baby where a family bought her illegally.

Tiny cage

She said: "Once Patricia started reaching three years old and started breaking the house apart and started to bite them, they did what everybody else does, they built a small and inappropriate cage.

"For the last five years she has lived in that tiny, tiny cage."

Patricia has never lived with chimpanzees before and is being slowly introduced to a group of 17 chimps at the sanctuary.

She has so far refused to allow any of them to touch her but it is hoped she will fully join the group and learn to live as a chimp in time.

 

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