Alamogordo Primate Facility
This record for Rex Chimpanzee was obtained thru
a FOIA request to the Department of Health and Human Services. Rex
was born September 9, 1986 and died December 30, 2002.
Little is know about Rex Chimpanzee because of
poor record keeping at the Coulston Facility where he was for years
but this note is made about his death at the APF.
"Rex apparently died of septicemia, which
was apparently disseminated from a liver abscess, possibly resulting
from one of many liver puch biopsy years ago before he came to the
On October 20, 2003, Thomas Butler notes. "Rex,
CA0147, had a history of gradual weight loss and action was taken
to rectify this trend. He presented with inappetance, cough and
increased rate of breathing. Upon examination he was dehydrated
and had a mass in the abdomen. Accepted diagnostic and treatment
procedures were performed; however, the chimpanzee died. A necropsy
was performed and tissues submitted to the same pathologist. The
diagnosis was liver abscesses, septicemia and purulent bronchopneumonia.
The experimental history of this animal was extensive with numerous
liver punch biopsies having been performed prior to arriving at
APF. The septicemia probably resulted from these multiple biopsies.
It should be noted that chimpanzees will frequently mask clinical
signs. That is, they do not presnet any signs until the disease
condition is advanced; thus, making veterinary care difficult when
signs are finally detected."
Documents about APF chimpanzees tell us:
"3. Most of the chimpanzees have either been
infected with one or more chronic viruses, and even if they were
negative controls the chimpanzees have been subjected in the past
to many invasive procedures such as punch biopsies of the liver
and anesthetic events. These procedures are thought to contribute
to long-term prolems in some animals with liver and renal failure,
and various blood abnormalities."
Comments like these tell us the extraordinarly
sloppy job these facilites do and the government regulating agencies
who get rich 'regulating' them. As has been determined long ago,
animal experiments are for the money, not for human health.
Animal cruelty charges were filed due to the death
of Ashley, Rex and wilful neglect of Topsey. Read the story here.
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