Chimp Haven is a sanctuary that is primarily working to rehabilitate chimpanzees that are used by government laboratories for experiments. This video below shows one of the project of this sanctuary where they rescued chimps who had been caged all their lives. These chimpanzees cannot be simply released into an open population or wild so the sanctuary works to provide a ‘home’ which is as similar as wild but with more facilities.
These chimps had never seen an open sky before. So, when they are released to an open field with grass and blue sky above, they have the most precious reactions in their face. As they step outside the cage, these chimps stare at the sky and run towards the grass and trees. You can even see some chimps hugging each other as if to say ‘we are finally free’.
Watch these chimps as they experience true freedom for the first time. This made my heart swell.
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