A juvenile chimpanzee uses a leaf sponge to drink palm wine in Bossou, Guinea. Gaku Ohashi/Chubu University, Japan, and Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University, Japan hide caption

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Should chimps have the same legal rights as these lawyers? Steven Wise, president of the Nonhuman Rights Foundation, who is representing research chimps Hercules and Leo, says yes. Assistant Attorney General Christopher Coulston disagrees. They both made their arguments Wednesday in Manhattan State Supreme Court in New York. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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Star enjoys a moment in the sun at the Chimp Haven sanctuary in Keithville, La. Brandon Wade/AP Images for The Humane Society of the United States and Chimp Haven hide caption

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