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Myrtle Beach chimps watch new 'Planet of the Apes' movie

Vali and Sugriva, both two-year-old chimps from the T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve, went to the opening night of "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." (Source: Myrtle Beach Safari) Vali and Sugriva, both two-year-old chimps from the T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve, went to the opening night of "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." (Source: Myrtle Beach Safari)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Two chimpanzees from the Myrtle Beach Safari went to the opening night of Dawn of the Planet of Apes Friday, and hopefully, this won't be a case of "monkey see, monkey do."

Vali and Sugriva, both two-year-old chimps from the T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve, went to the opening night of the new movie at the Carmike Broadway 17 Big D Cinema at Broadway at the Beach on Friday night.

The two chimps appeared as excited as they were led into the cinema and paid for their tickets. They even paid for their own popcorn and drinks before heading upstairs to watch the film.

Vali and Sugriva appeared to be riveted by the on-screen performance of their counterparts – at times clapping and watching attentively. At one point, the movie's action even frightened one of the chimps, who turned and hugged the trainer.

According to the theater manager, the chimps gave Dawn of the Planet of the Apes two thumbs up.

The Myrtle Beach Safari is also known as T.I.G.E.R.S., or The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species. It exists as the Tigers Preservation Station at Barefoot Landing, a free wildlife exhibit, and as a 50-acre preserve in Myrtle Beach, which is home to over 60 big cats and other animals.

To learn more about the Myrtle Beach Safari, visit:

http://www.myrtlebeachsafari.com/

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