This is the story of Nim Chimpsky who was chosen for an experiment designed by Dr. Herbert S. Terrace to see how well a chimpanzee could aquire language (using American Sign Language) if he was raised in a human home. Hess follows Nim from home to home through the recollections of his caretakers as they learn that taking care of a growing chimpanzee was a lot more work than they thought it would be. After the experiment is over, Nim gets sent to a "chimp farm" in Oklahoma, but when their funding dries up all of Nim's fans have to help him find a permanent home. This interesting account really makes you think about the plight of animals used for experiments and how often their long-term well being is not considered.
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