Monday, January 06, 2003

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SPOTLIGHT ON SANCTUARY FOR EX-LAB CHIMPANZEES

Rescue mission
By Elva K. Österreich Staff Writer

Carole Noon has a mission in life. She dreams of giving her "people" a place to live out their lives in peace and comfort. She would like to give them an island where they can play together, go out in the sun and play, or curl up in a warm bower and sleep in peace.
Noon walks by her people talking with them, teasing this one gently, encouraging another, laughing with a third. She has her dog, Esther, with her for the first time and these people have never seen a dog before; it's quite a shock for them. They call to the dog, yell at her, and even throw things at her.

Esther is only one of the new experiences Noon's friends have encountered in the past few months since Noon's organization took over the care of them. They have also encountered such delicacies as fresh fruit with every meal and mirrors so they can see who is living next to them.

Noon's people are known to most of the rest of the world as chimpanzees and the organization she directs is the Center for Captive Chimpanzee Care based in Florida....