Thursday, June 28, 2012

Apes learn to reverse surgery?

A bit late on this story from back in April, but it should not escape mention on this blog:

Conan, the twice-vasectomized former research chimp, has fathered yet another surprise baby at Chimp Haven.
That makes two for Conan, and there may be a third on the way.
That's the word from the Keithville sanctuary, following DNA testing to determine the paternity of Valentina Rose, born on Valentine's Day to 29-year-old Flora.
This surprised Chimp Haven employees because all of the male chimps in the group have had vasectomies. Especially Conan, who was re-vasectomized after another unexpected birth in 2006.
Flora's surprise pregnancy prompted a round of tests for the rest of the females in her group, which revealed yet another pregnancy. 42-year-old Ginger is expected to deliver in late July or early August.
Despite the fact that it doesn't seem to do any good, plans were underway to give Conan a vasectomy again. I don't have any idea what's going on here, but it's definitely bad behavior.

The only good chimp is a chimp statue, by Flickr user Haags Uitboro.

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