By Kelly Mclaughlin For Mail online
Chimpanzees that were captured from the wild by humans to be used in medical experiments, infected with deadly diseases like hepatitis, then left deep in the jungles of Liberia are now thriving after crowd-funding efforts raised money to help with high monthly care costs.
The chimps that live on six islets in the country’s south – region dubbed Monkey Island – were experimented on at a controversial virus testing laboratory set up by the New York Blood Center (NYBC) in 1974.
It stopped the research in 2005, leaving 66 chimps on six small islets Liberia, wholly reliant on human support.
The project’s director had said the organisation would continue to provide ‘lifetime, but support ended in 2015, and the Humane Society took over efforts to care for the chimps.
Source: News Now/ Mail Online