Chimps abandoned in Liberia after decades of experiments
Battle to save the hugging chimps: Heartbreaking story of 66 apes and a baby 'abandoned' on island by medical firm after they finished experimenting on them
The New York Blood Center set up virus-testing laboratory in Liberia in 1974 and began trapping wild chimpanzees
Scientists infected them with diseases like hepatitis and 'river blindness' to help develop vaccines for the illnesses
It left the the facility in 2005 and cut the funding in March this year, despite 'promising to care for the chimps for life'
Chimps deserted on six small islands which have little natural food and are surrounded by undrinkable salt-water
Animal protection charity now need £20,000-worth of donations every month to feed and care for the animals daily
New York Blood Center said it left after 'unproductive discussions' with Liberian government, during which time it incurred 'millions in costs'