Retired Lab Chimpanzees Hug Their Caretaker

Despite being abused and used for cruel animal testing, a group of chimpanzees are proving that they still have the will to love.

Several years ago, chimpanzees formerly used in hepatitis research were released by the New York Blood Center (NYBC) after they outlived their usefulness. The apes were transferred to a remote Liberian island. The island – known to locals as “Monkey Island” – is home to over 60 chimps who only allow familiar caretakers to approach its shores.

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