Lucy, the Human Chimp (2021)

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In the 1960s chimpanzee Lucy was raised as a human in an experiment conducted by psychologists from the University of Oklahoma. When Lucy was taken to live on an island in The Gambia a young student, Janis, lived with her for 6 years.


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20 April 2021 | kagey-28769
| Why we shouldn't experiment like this
I didn't really want to watch this as you'll know that it's always going to be upsetting and very emotional. It managed that in chunks .

Why anyone ever thought it would be a good idea turning a chimp human is beyond cruel in reality.

This programme was made in a similar way as C4 and it prisoners abroad series with reconstructions and narrative and the real person talking .

It was a heartbreaking watch and you do hope in the end that Lucy did manage to find a life that she was meant to have , if only briefly.

If anything good does come from it must be that Janis found her place in the world caring for more chimps in Ghana and still does

If you don't want to have tears and a lump in your throat thinking about this for a long time then don't watch.


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29 April 2021



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