US chimpanzee wins 1st prize in art contest
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A painting by a 37-year-old primate who applies colour with his tongue instead of a brush has been deemed the finest chimpanzee art in the land.
Brent, a retired laboratory animal, was the top vote-getter in an online chimp art contest organised by the Humane Society of the United States, which announced the results on Thursday. He won US$10,000 (S$12,760) for the Chimp Haven sanctuary in north-west Louisiana.
A Chimp Haven spokesman said Brent was unavailable for comment on Thursday. "I think he's asleep," Ms Ashley Gordon said.
But as the society said on its website, "The votes are in, so let the pant hooting begin!" - pant hooting being the characteristic call of an excited chimp.