- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 8, 2008

KEITHVILLE, La. (AP) — Staff members at a northwestern Louisiana animal sanctuary, Chimp Haven, threw an unusual birthday party for one of its most celebrated residents.

Tracy, a chimpanzee who drew national attention after her surprise birth was announced last year, will celebrate her first birthday today. The party was thrown Thursday, a few days early, to accommodate the staff’s weekly cleaning schedule.

Tracy’s birth to Teresa, a wild-born female in her mid- to late 40s, caught the staff by surprise last January. That was because all the male chimpanzees were thought to be sterile through vasectomies. The mystery was solved four months later after hair and cell samples and DNA testing identified Tracy’s dad as Conan.

The addition of an infant chimpanzee at Chimp Haven has been fun for the staff, President Linda Brent said.

Tracy’s development is monitored for comparison with wild-born chimpanzees. Teresa, in recent months, has started letting the other female and male chimpanzees interact more with Tracy.

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