After being in a cage for 20 years waiting to poked and prodded by scientists, it's little wonder that chimps used for research wind up depressed. But there is light at the end of the tunnel for these long suffering creatures. In a presentation at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston, it was shown SSRI antidepressants designed for humans (think Prozac) had a dramatic effect on the apes' outlook. "Suddenly, [the chimps] woke up … now they are happy, playing with each other," said Dutch behavioural biologist, Dr Godelieve Kranendonk. "They are chimps again — it was really nice to see." [Source]
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