I was born December 20, 1994 at a facility once known as “The Chimp Farm.” I was taken from my parents at the age of two and sold to an animal trainer. I was shipped to New Zealand, where I was thrust into the production of Babe 2: Pig in the City. The sudden separation from my mother, the long overseas journey, and the stress of being forced to behave in abnormal ways took an extreme toll on me. I became ill, to the point where even the trainer felt I might not survive.
When filming wrapped, I made the arduous journey to a private zoo in Alabama that had taken another of the trainer’s chimps, Freddy. At the age of 3, my acting career was over. I likely would have been dumped by the age of 8 anyway; chimps quickly become too dangerous to be handled by humans. Given that chimps live 40+ years, a chimpanzee who can no longer earn her keep becomes an expensive liability.
The zoo’s owners nursed me back to health, and treated me as a pet. However, they also closed their zoo and found themselves with two chimpanzees who would outlive them. They contacted STC for help, and in 2007, Freddy and I became part of the STC family. My birth facility, the Hollywood trainer, and the private zoo had all failed to commit to my lifetime care. But Save the Chimps is different—this is my forever home.
I am a very spirited and strong-willed chimpanzee who has little patience for humans. I prefer the company of my chimpanzee friends, and love being outdoors on the island home that I share with my family. I have a large oak tree to climb, and a lovely covered bridge that offers shade and privacy. I like my creature comforts, and enjoy lounging in a hammock or snuggling up to soft toys and blankets. Thankfully, my acting days are long behind me. I will never again be forced to be someone who I am not.
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