A 33-year-old orangutan granted authorized personhood by a choose in Argentina is settling into her new environment on the Heart for Nice Apes in central Florida.
Patti Ragan, director of the middle in Wauchula, Florida, says Sandra is “very candy and inquisitive” and adjusting to her new house. She was born in Germany and spent 25 years on the Buenos Aires Zoo earlier than arriving in Florida on Nov. 5.
“She was shy when she first arrived, however as soon as she noticed the swings, toys, and grassy areas in her new house, she went out to discover,” Ragan stated. “She has met her caregivers right here and is adjusting effectively to the brand new local weather, atmosphere, and the opposite nice apes on the Heart. That is the primary time in over a decade that Sandra has had the chance to fulfill different orangutans, and she is going to meet them when she chooses. It’s a new freedom for her, and one we’re grateful to supply.”
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Choose Elena Liberatori’s landmark ruling in 2015 declared that Sandra is legally not an animal, however a non-human individual, thus entitled to some authorized rights loved by individuals, and higher residing situations.
“With that ruling I wished to inform society one thing new, that animals are sentient beings and that the primary proper they’ve is our obligation to respect them,” she instructed The Related Press.
However with out a clear various, Sandra remained on the antiquated zoo, which closed in 2016, till leaving for the U.S. in late September. She was in quarantine for a month on the Sedgwick County Zoo in Kansas earlier than arriving in Florida.
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On the heart, Sandra joins 21 orangutans and 31 chimpanzees rescued or retired from circuses, stage exhibits and the unique pet commerce.