Charlie, the rescued chimpanzee. (Photo courtesy of Animals Lebanon)
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An animal rights group confiscated Lebanon's last imprisoned chimpanzee from a zoo over the weekend, nine years after it was smuggled into the country.Accompanied by seven police officers and a court clerk, Animals Lebanon entered a zoo along the Nahr al-Kalb river Saturday and took Charlie the chimp into their care in a court-approved operation supported by the Agriculture Ministry that took around 30 minutes. Animals Lebanon restarted the court case in October 2013 and on March 27 the court ruled in their favor, finding the chimpanzee's smuggler and owner equally liable to pay penalties and ordering them to forfeit ownership of the animal.Charlie was the last known chimpanzee imprisoned in Lebanon following the rescue of three others in recent years, Mier said.
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