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He’s not quite the boy named Sue, but this male chimp, named Midge, recently celebrated his 39th birthday at the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch.
Like many chimpanzees in this country, Midge began life in a laboratory cage and spent nearly twenty-two years in isolation for hepatitis vaccine trials. These days, he enjoys roaming outside at the Fund for Animal's Black Beauty Ranch in Texas, one of the many animals who have found a permanent and loving home there.
For his birthday, the staff celebrated by giving Midge some new enrichment toys. He also played his favorite game: tug of war with the sanctuary staff.
Recently, the National Institute of Health decided to release approximately 300 government owned chimps to the sanctuary, a cause for extra celebration on Midge’s big day.