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October 24, 2012

Meet Jody, a Chimpanzee Used in Research

Jody was rescued from the basement of a Pennsylvania laboratory

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    Jody snuggles with a stuffed dog. Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest

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    Jody studies her image. Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest

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    Jody retired from laboratory life in 2008. Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest

Like many older chimpanzees in captivity, the details of Jody's birth are unknown, but it's likely that she was born in Africa, captured in the wild, and brought to the United States as a very young chimpanzee. She is believed to be approximately 35 years old.

Long life in a lab

Up until two years ago, Jody had spent the majority of her life in biomedical research laboratories as a breeder, giving birth to nine babies, all of whom were destined for the research industry. She was also used in several research experiments and may have been used in the entertainment industry as a young chimpanzee.

Rescue and retirement

In 2008, Jody and six chimpanzee companions were rescued from the windowless basement of a laboratory in Pennsylvania by Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest in Cle Elum, Wash.

Now that she has settled in to her new home, all signs indicate that Jody absolutely loves retirement. Jody has a great relationship with her sanctuary caregivers and greets them every morning. Her favorite activity seems to be building big, elaborate, and outrageously comfortable nests—something she was deprived of during her many years living in laboratories. Check out a video of Jody's nest making skills in action.

Thanks to Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, Jody will live out the rest of her life in the comfort she deserves. For more information about Jody and her chimpanzee friends, visit www.chimpsanctuarynw.org.

Help Jody's children

If you live in or have recently visited the Washington, D.C. area, you may recognize Jody from an advertisement featured in the DC Metro subway. The ad urges people to take action to save two of Jody's children, April and Levi, from being sent to a laboratory in Texas, along with 200 other chimpanzees, where they may be used in invasive research after a nine-year respite. Read more about the 202 chimpanzees in danger and what you can do to help.

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