Brent, a 37-year-old chimpanzee artist living in Keithville, La., took top honors — and a $10,000 prize to benefit the Chimp Haven sanctuary where he lives — in the Humane Society of the United States' Chimpanzee Art Contest. Brent won not by a nose, but by a tongue, which is the body part he uses to create his colorful abstract paintings.
Brent's victory over five other artistically inclined chimps was determined by an online contest in which 27,000 votes were cast. Coming in second (and winning a $5,000 grant) was Cheetah, from Save the Chimps, Fort Pierce, Fla. Cheetah won an extra $5,000 for being the favorite of renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall. "All of the art was beautiful and unique, just like chimpanzees!" she said in a statement. "It was difficult to choose."
Third place went to Ripley from Center for Great Apes, Wauchula, Fla., who received a $2,500 grant. The other three entrants won $500 each for their sanctuaries — all of which care for chimps retired from research, entertainment and the pet trade. Did the best chimp win? Click through the entries to pick your fave. [Source]