Jason Meier, left, executive director for animal rights group (Animals Lebanon), and an unidentified man, right, prepare to carry Omega a 12-year-old chimpanzee from his cage on a stretcher after ... more 
Jason Meier, left, executive director for animal rights group (Animals Lebanon), and an unidentified man, right, prepare to carry Omega a 12-year-old chimpanzee from his cage on a stretcher after injecting him with a tranquilizer, at a zoo in the southern Lebanese village of Ansar on Monday, Nov. 8, 2010. Omega In his younger years was used in one of the local restaurants to entertain people and was made to smoke cigarettes and serve water pipe to customers. After he grew stronger, he was locked up and taken to a zoo where he has lived in a 40 square meter cage for the past 10 years. Organizers of Omega's evacuation say it marks the first time a chimpanzee has been rescued in Lebanon, a country with virtually no animal rights protection laws. Omega is being sent to a sanctuary in Brazil Monday after being rescued from a zoo in south Lebanon. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Hussein Malla
Thu, Nov 11, 2010 2:12 AM EST