Des Moines Great Ape Trust sued by researcher

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Internationally renowned ape-language researcher Sue Savage-Rumbaugh has accused the Great Ape Trust in Des Moines of abusing an infant bonobo – a smaller, chimpanzee-like ape.

Savage-Rumbaugh, a researcher at the trust, claims that someone cut the heels of “Teco,” an infant ape, to prevent him from standing upright. She has also claimed that the trust intended move the apes to another facility.

The Great Ape Trust has denied all of Savage-Rumbaugh’s allegations.

“There are no plans to move those apes, there never were plans, and the board is adamant that the apes will not be moved,” said trust spokesman Al Setka.

To learn more, read the full story at the Des Moines Register.