The Little Rock Zoo

.The Little Rock Zoo needs to step up and care for the animals better! Please read the several artciles here with deaths, sickness and a bald chimp!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Henry the Chimpanzee

Updated: Wednesday, 04 Feb 2009, 11:53 PM CST
Published : Wednesday, 04 Feb 2009, 3:29 PM CST

HOUSTON - He was found malnourished, in a cage full of garbage, including piles of soda cans and cigarette butts. Now, Henry has been rescued.

The chimpanzee is getting the care he needs. Henry was treated at Sugar land Veterinary Specialists clinic. Doctors there discovered while one ulcer has healed.

The chimpanzee has another ulcer in his stomach. Physicians are also trying to figure out why the 23-year-old's spine is so severely deformed.

Investigators with the SPCA say after an anonymous tip the chimpanzee was found severely malnourished, weak and in pain at a home in Crosby in November. They say Henry has lived in a cage in a garage for the last 15 years without proper food, sunlight or companionship.

According to SPCA caregivers, the chimpanzee has been given cigarettes and likely has been a smoker for years. He appeared to crave nicotine after he was rescued and was likely suffering nicotine withdrawal.

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