By Sam Corbishley | Metro Online |
At the age of two the young chimp was shipped to the Netherlands to be used in animal testing trials – a controversial practice now banned in the UK and across the EU. Tubman was eventually rescued by the Johnstone family who own the Mole Hall Wildlife Park in Saffron Waldon, Essex. thumbnail for post ID 8488221Plane abandons landing as Storm Erik batters Heathrow Airport with ferocious winds They brought him back to the UK where, apart from two years in the 1980s, he resided at the park until its closure in 2009.
Tubman lived out the rest of his days entertaining thousands of guests at the Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary in Swansea, thrilling them with his ‘zest for life’. The sanctuary shared the news of Tubby’s death in a Facebook post in which they hailed the beloved chimp as a ‘wonderful ambassador for his species’.