Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Welsh welcome for rescued baboon

A four-year-old baboon rescued from "appalling and abusive" conditions at a Lebanese pet shop is starting a new life in the Swansea Valley.

Lola has been flown to the UK by animal welfare groups to take up residency at the Cefn-yr-Erw Primate Sanctuary.

Rescuers claim she was beaten and forced to eat cigarettes to amuse onlookers before she was released.

She joined more than 50 other primates at the sanctuary near Abercrave earlier this month and is settling in well.

Lola's plight was discovered by animal welfare workers in Beirut, assisting an investigation into the smuggling of chimpanzees.

They said she was close to giving up on life as she was confined to a tiny cage where she was underfed and deprived of a reliable source of water.


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