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Primate Rescue Center Plans To Use Donations To Help Chimp With Diabetes

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NICHOLASVILLE, Ky (LEX 18) The Primate Rescue Center is trying to help one of their chimps that suffers from a disease that affects many Kentuckians across the state, diabetes.

The Primate Rescue Center has more than 50 monkeys, chimpanzees, and peacocks roaming around. Eileen Dunnington knows all of them by name and personality.

One chimp is 22-year-old Noelle who was diagnosed with type two diabetes four years ago.

“Noelle is a really resilient chimp, so if you didn't know it, you wouldn't guess that she had diabetes,” said Dunnington. “We have to be very focused on the total number of carbohydrates and sugars that she receives, even from her fruits and vegetables.”

Noelle loves to eat healthy foods like spinach, but her condition requires a lot of medical attention and expensive prescriptions. Those prescriptions cost between $100 and $200 a month.

The Primate Rescue Center relies on donations, but they hope that they can use the donations from Kentucky Gives Day as a way to raise money for Noelle's care.

“The diabetes is already taking a toll on her body, in fact, she's already graying. But with proper treatment and care, Noelle can live into her 40's, even longer,” said Dunnington.

Noelle, like many of the other chimps, came to the rescue center from a medical research lab.

“Some of them have been exposed to harsh medical procedures and testing. So we feel like it's important to give back,” she said.

To learn more about Kentucky Gives Day, click here.

To donate to the Primate Rescue Center to help out chimps like Noelle, click here

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