U.S. appeals court to decide if chimps are 'legal persons'

Oct 9, 2014

U.S. appeals court to decide if chimps are 'legal persons'

A New York state appeals court on Wednesday heard arguments on whether chimpanzees held in captivity should be recognized as “legal persons” entitled to live in freedom. Animal charity The Nonhuman Rights Project is petitioning courts to move four chimpanzees held in confinement in ...

Aug 15, 2013

Bathing apes seem to prefer breaststroke

Scientists said Wednesday they were surprised to witness a chimpanzee and an orangutan swimming in water — a skill that primates were thought to have lost long ago. Evolutionary researchers Renato and Nicole Bender made the astonishing observation while filming primates raised in captivity ...

Throwing may have given humans edge over chimps

Jun 28, 2013

Throwing may have given humans edge over chimps

In most respects, chimpanzees are physically superior to humans. Pound for pound, they are perhaps four times stronger. They are faster. They can run straight up a tree, climb and swing with an agility that is the envy of an Olympic gymnast. But ask ...