Terry the Chimp leaves Las Vegas, heads for Florida

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Terry the Chimp leaves Las Vegas, heads for Florida

By Darcy Spears. CREATED Oct 2, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Terry the Chimpanzee has left the building. He has left the Las Vegas Zoo, where he's lived for more than 17 years.

The sudden shut down of the zoo last week has left many wondering where Terry will go to live out his life.

Terry is leaving Las Vegas and heading to Save the Chimps in Florida, where he'll have the chance to live with other chimps at the world's largest chimpanzee sanctuary.

Holding on to the bars of his transport cage, Terry calmly sat and looked out the back of the van that will be his home for the next 48 hours or so.

Action News caught exclusive video as he was heading out of town with the folks from the primate rescue center.

They've also got the four Barbary apes, who will go to their sanctuary in Kentucky.

"It's a long way to go but he'll be comfortable. He's got his blankets, he's got caretakers with him and we've got two drivers so it'll be fine. It'll just be a long road trip and he'll be wondering, are we there yet?" said April Truitt with the rescue center.

Terry and the apes were sedated for the move. They were examined by veterinarians, given blood tests and Terry even got a tuberculosis shot.

"Can you talk about what obstacles you encountered in trying to make this happen," asked Darcy.

"There are always obstacles, there are always things and people in the way and mostly people saying, oh, you can't do that or you aren't going to be able to do that, but you know what? We can and we did and we'll do it again and we'll continue doing our good work all across the country," said April.

Save the Chimps hopes to move Terry in when he's ready, with another male chimp rescued from a very similar situation; a zoo in another state where he was the lone chimpanzee for more than 15 years.

They'll make a special page on their website for Terry and post updates on his progress. To follow the updates, click here.

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Darcy Spears is currently the Chief Investigative Reporter for Action News.