Saturday, February 6, 1999 Published at 13:10 GMT
Trudy 'can stay'
Trudy: Set to stay with her adopted family
The fight to prevent Trudy, the abused baby chimp, from returning to her neglectful owner appears to have been won.
The Daily Mail says Mary Chipperfield Promotions has climbed down over demands to have the chimpanzee returned.
A spokesman for the company said: "In view of the public feelings expressed in the Daily Mail we have concluded it would not be in Trudy's best interests to return her."
A campaign to save Trudy from returning to the circus trainer has been running since last month. It was launched by Monkey World, in Dorset, which has looked after Trudy since April last year.
Following the case hundreds of thousands of letters of support were sent to the monkey sanctuary where Trudy is now living. She has been adopted by a chimp family.
Monkey World Director Jim Cronin has been leading the fight to save Trudy.
But he said he had heard nothing official about any decision by the Chipperfields.
He reiterated his support for Trudy, saying: "Trudy belongs where she is and belongs with the chimp family that has adopted her. It is her right in law.
"Trudy is in wonderful form and is now an integral part of the family."