Chimps at the Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary in Caehopkin, near Swansea, Wales, are wrapping up in blankets and drinking hot tea to keep warm as a cold snap sweeps through the UK.
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Controversy surrounding use of chimpanzees in bio-medical research is re-surfacing in the United States as legislation outlawing the practice is being considered by Congress. The government owns or pays for several hundred chimps for use as subjects for vaccine tests, and there's a body of scientific opinion that wants to keep it that way. Rob Muir reports.
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If this doesn't make your eyes mist up a little, there might be something wrong with you.
RTL, a German television station, provided this tearjerking footage of lab chimps taking their first steps of freedom outdoors and into the sun.
It's in German, but we can gather that this was the first time the animals had ever been let loose in natural daylight.
Feel-good footage aside, the use of chimps in research has long been a hot-button issue.
A few months ago, 180 chimpanzees at a federal primate facility in New Mexico were the subject of a debate between the National Institutes of Health and animal-rights activists, who wanted the chimps to be released to a sanctuary where they could run free.
But no matter which side you're on, watching the pure joy in these animal's faces is sure to leave you in a good mood.