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Cheetah the Fort Pierce chimp wins $10,000 art contest

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FORT PIERCE, Florida (AP) - A Fort Pierce chimpanzee is now a prize-winning artist.

Cheetah won $10,000 for the Save the Chimps sanctuary where he lives by winning an art contest for chimps sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States. He beat out five other chimps from across the nation.

The Treasure Coast Newspapers reported Monday that the 40-year-old chimp's painting of yellow, red and blue strokes placed second in the competition, winning $5,000. His artwork also was selected as a favorite by famed primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall, winning an additional $5,000.

Cheetah had lived alone in a laboratory for 13 years and was subjected to more than 400 liver biopsies before being rescued by Save the Chimps in 2002. About 250 rescued chimps live at the facility.

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