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Courtesy of Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest

Two chimpanzees living in the Northwest are competing in a national art contest. The chimps and their caretakers are trying to win a $10,000 first prize for their respective sanctuaries.

Gerard Herbert / Associated Press

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The National Institutes of Health on Wednesday announced it will retire most chimpanzees used in federally-supported medical research.

The institute director says the use of our closest animal relative for invasive studies can no longer be justified in most cases. That means more than 300 chimps are headed into retirement.

But neither of the two chimpanzee sanctuaries here in the Northwest is prepared to take new chimps.