Chimps in Limbo

The facility housed 15 chimpanzees: the Rockville 15. A colorful carpeted corridor ran between two rows of plexiglass cages. Each cage housed one or two chimpanzees. I was jolted by the violent noise of the two- to seven-year old chimpanzees banging their bodies and hands against the inside of their glass cages. Their keepers responded by banging the glass from the other side of the cages, creating pandemonium. The cages looked small — as the chimpanzees swung in plastic buckets, they hit the walls on each side.

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