Getting frisky at Chimp Haven

Getting frisky at Chimp Haven
All About Animals

POSTED: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 4:15pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 4:19pm

Several females at Louisiana's retirement home for research chimpanzees are on birth control because one in their group gave birth and another is pregnant.

Chimp Haven's director, Linda Brent, says it was a surprise - all males get vasectomies. She says 29-year-old Flora gave birth on Valentine's Day. A staffer thought Flora was carrying a stuffed toy until a tiny foot poked out. The other six females in the group all got pregnancy tests. Five now are on birth control. Brent says an ultrasound test Friday confirmed that 42-year-old Ginger is pregnant, with a summer due date.

A DNA test will identify the father. But Brent says all five males in that group will get newer-style, more complicated vasectomies. The sanctuary cares for 132 animals in 18 groups.

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