If there's one bright spot, it's that the little-known story of Ponso - the chimp who was left to die in a much more secretive manner - came to light. A group of supporters formed SOS Ponso to raise money for the elderly chimp - who spends his days alone on the island despite his social nature - and to make sure he receives a shipment of fresh food every day.
HSUS hopes to turn the Liberian island into a sanctuary for the chimps who live there, so they can live out their days safely and in peace, but Ponso's future is a bit less certain.
As there's no method for safely introducing him to the Liberian chimps, he can't be moved to the larger colony, HSUS told The Dodo, and taking him out of the country would require documentation and papers. But but that could change soon, SOS Ponso said.