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Baboon, 112 Monkees Find New Home

Photo Courtesy of Born Free USA

A U.S. Bankruptcy Court ruled today that 112 macaques and one baboon from the now defunct Wild Animal Orphanage in San Antonio will be relocated to the Born Free USA primate sanctuary in Dilley, Texas - a town a little more than 70 miles southwest of San Antonio.

"This is a heartbreaking situation particularly for this large group of primates who would otherwise likely be euthanized without our humane intervention," Born Free's Executive Vice President Adam Roberts said in a statement.  

On Aug. 31, 2010, the Wild Animal Orphanage decided to dissolve “due to overpopulation, underfunding and inadequate housing for the animals,” according to the company's website.

It will take about three months to transfer all of the animals - what amounts to one of the largest rescues of macaques in history.