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...the chimps' were released from a facility in Austria where they had been exposed to diseases, like HIV and hepatitis, for purposes of medical testing. The animals, which numbered around three dozen, were moved to a reserve to live out their days following the lab's closing -- though adjusting to some semblance of normal has taken some time.
(...)Recently, the countless chimpanzees still kept in laboratories across Europe moved one step closer to the sunlight as well; last year, the EU passed new regulations which limits the use of animals for testing -- including an outright ban on great apes.
The chimps were moved to a farm where keepers tried to reintroduce them to life outside -- but the process was not easy.
The animals had spent so much time inside they were confused when shown patches of grass -- and repeatedly threw them away.
But finally their moment of freedom came. And their keeper Renate Foidl said: "The chimps are incredibly happy. This is amazing, I have been waiting for this moment for so long."