Alamogordo Primate Facility
This record for Topsey Chimpanzee came from a
FOIA request from DHHS.
We will attempt to find out more about Topsey.
(2002) "Topsey is alive and well, ......She
did experience extensive blood loss from a minor wound of the sex
skin, but there was no inattention or malpractice apparent in the
records. She has long-standing blood abnormalities that cause more
bleeding that would occur in a normal chimpanzee."
Topsey was an inmate at Coulston Research Labs
and DHHS documents about former Coulston primates 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."
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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