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Posted: Wednesday, June 28, 2023. 7:32 am CST.

By Breaking Belize News Staff: In an emotive story brought to the forefront by ITV News, Vanilla, a chimpanzee who lived caged for 28 years, has finally experienced the joy and wonder of seeing the open sky for the first time in her life.

Vanilla, whose early years were spent in New York’s notorious Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates (LEMSIP), lived her life in a tiny cage, devoid of the vast expanse of the sky above. In 1995, she was rescued and sent to the Wildlife Waystation, but even there, her world remained enclosed by a cage roof.

Her life changed dramatically when she was rescued by the charity organization, Save The Chimps. The rescue team let her and her companions, Shake, Magic, Jeff, and Ernesta, out into the open for the very first time, a touching scene captured in a video shared by the charity.

According to the ITV News report, Vanilla initially appeared nervous in her new surroundings. However, the video shows the alpha chimp of the group, Dwight, encouraging her to step out of her cage. Dwight’s encouragement paid off as the hesitant Vanilla leaped into his arms.

The video then shows Vanilla, overwhelmed by her new surroundings, as she looks up at the sky. Her wide eyes and open mouth portray her astonishment and fascination as she takes in the vast expanse of the sky for the first time in her life.

Vanilla, along with her chimp family, has now settled on Air Force Island under the care of Save the Chimps. They are free to roam and explore their three-acre island home, spending their days as they choose in their new-found freedom.

For Vanilla and her group, the sky is not the limit, but a beautiful reality, a testament to the tireless efforts of charity organizations like Save the Chimps, as reported by ITV News. To watch the heartwarming video and learn more about Vanilla’s journey, visit ITV News.

Source: ITV News


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