Chimps Warmly Welcome Woman Who Rescued Them From A Lab 25 Years Ago. Photos
Posted On 17/06/2016
Linda Koebner who helped rescue chimps from a research laboratory 25 years ago received an emotional welcome from the animals while visiting an island in south Florida where they now live.
Linda Koebner was a 23-year-old graduate student when she helped a group of lab chimps take their first steps into sunshine and fresh air back in 1974. The animals had been used in research to develop treatments for hepatitis, and were no longer needed. Koebner, who founded the non-profit chimpanzee sanctuary Chimp Haven in Louisiana, USA, spent four years teaching the chimps how to be wild in southern Florida after they were released from the hepatitis research lab where they lived.