Friday, December 12, 2008

SPCA Saves Chimpanzee Living in 'Deplorable Conditions'

chimp rescuedThe Houston SPCA recently seized a 23-year-old, malnourished chimpanzee from a home in Crosby, Texas.

The chimp, named Henry, was found living in a filthy cage littered with soda cans, cigarettes and trash.

Investigators learned he’d been living in those conditions for the past 15 years.

When he was found, Henry was so weak he could hardly stand and weighed only 60 pounds.

Upon his emergency medical evaluation, doctors discovered Henry was suffering from a bacterial infection of the stomach, among other maladies.

“Due to malnutrition and lack of exposure to light, Henry is suffering from a spinal deformity. When we confiscated him, he had severe vomiting, and constipation. We are thankful to the veterinary staff at the Houston Zoo who incorporated medical and dietary therapy to resolve these issues. Since Henry had lived in this type of environment for a substantial length of time, he will never be 100 percent medically and physically sound. However, we hope with proper diet and care, he can live out the remainder of his life in comfort,” Vice President of Animal Welfare Dr. Teri Schweiss said.

The SPCA said Henry will not be placed for adoption. Instead, they are securing a sanctuary placement where he will be able to live out the remainder of his life with other chimps and under the care of individuals who can meet his needs.

Story here.

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