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Celebrities fight to save Chipperfield's chimps

The Daily Telegraph


TRUDY the chimpanzee has been saved after public opinion forced the circus trainer Mary Chipperfield to give her up, but now the fight has begun to rescue four other apes at her farm. The two year-old chimp will continue to live at the Monkey World sanctuary near Wareham, Dorset, after a spokesman for Chipperfield who was found guilty of 12 charges of cruelty towards the animal, announced that her company, which owned the animal, would not try to have her returned. It was a climbdown in the face of a public outcry but has not eased the pressure on Chipperfield who will be sentenced on April 9. Sir David Attenborough the film maker, and Jane Goodall, the world's leading authority on chimpanzees, visited Trudy at her new home and spoke of their outrage at the way the ape had been treated by Chipperfield. "No one could have watched what happened to Trudy and other animals at Mary Chipperfield's farm without wanting to cry. It was one of the most agonising things I have seen for a very long time," Sir David said. He added that he found Trudy to be boisterous, playful, humorous and enthusiastic as she played with other members of her adopted family. "She was just as you would expect to see a young child, full of joy. "To me it is amazing that this is the same animal which we saw on video being so badly treated by Mary Chipperfield," he added.

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