I was born May 5, 1988, to my parents Little Rock and Tarzan in the Coulston Foundation. I was removed from my mother at five days old and sent to the nursery to be raised by humans. As an infant, I was described as “irritable and unable to be handled.” I was given B12 injections and Valium to calm me down but it didn’t seem to help. At two years old I was placed on my first research protocol, which involved multiple sedations over the course of a year for an x-ray measuring study. I struggled during these procedures and at least once required additional medication due to crying and stiffness. This was followed by another study a year later involving daily blood draws for one month. Around this time I began having seizures, sometimes associated with anesthesia. I was discovered unresponsive in my cage multiple times due to seizures, but I did recover with treatment.
My difficult childhood came to an end in 2002 when Save the Chimps rescued the chimpanzees at the Coulston Foundation. Chimp introductions began and I would eventually be integrated the largest chimpanzee family at STC, known as Rufus’ group. I am a bit quirky, but I have definitely blossomed from the awkward girl I was since moving to my beautiful island home in sunny Florida. I am also strong-willed and will let my caregivers know when I want something, such as knocking repeatedly on a door when I would like it opened in order to move to another room during mealtime. I can be found following a very handsome male in my group, Arnulfo. I am seizure-free and enjoying my retirement surrounded by a chimp family and caregivers who love me.