TOUCHING VIDEO: Lab Chimps See Sunlight For the First Time

This may be a throwback, but it never got the attention we think it deserves.

The video depicts the immense relief a few adorable chimps feel after they’ve been released from a government test facility where they’ve been used as scientific guinea pigs for years.

This group of chimps have now settled into their new residence at the 200-acre Chimp Haven in Keithville, Louisiana. Previously, they were federally owned and kept at the New Iberia Research Center in Lafayette, Louisiana. In 2012, they were declared permanently ineligible for research by the National Health Institute (NIH).

To accomodate the new influx of chimps, the NIH foundation, partnered with the Human Society of the United States (HSUS) and raised $2.3 million in funds to expand the Chimp Haven’s grounds.

In the government facilities, the chimps are subjected to shocking physical and psychological stress and kept in cages, making their eventual return to a more humane, free life all the more touching and impactful.

In the video, you can witness the way the chimps are totally stunned when they take their first steps outside in who knows how long. Reportedly, some of them spent up to 40 to 50 years of their lives locked in metal cages.

For more information on these chimps and their living conditions, both old and new, you can read the source article over at MNN.