I was born on March 13, 1989, at the Coulston Foundation, a notorious biomedical research facility in New Mexico that has since been closed due to countless Animal Welfare Act violations. I was born to my parents Debbie and Rufus, but after just one week I was sent to the nursery. There, I suffered from frequent fevers and respiratory illnesses that require me to be isolated intermittently from my peers for the first two years of my life. When I was four months old, I was used as a study subject. I was sedated a total of 14 times over a two-year span, so x-rays and measurements could be taken of my growing body. A large gap exists in my medical records between 1991 and 1996, but Save the Chimps knows I spent some of that time housed in an area of the lab that was dubbed “the Dungeon,” a building where numerous chimpanzees lived in isolation with no windows or outdoor access.
I was rescued in 2002 by Save the Chimps, and I now live with a group called Kiley’s family. I love to make nests and play with buckets filled with water. I am enjoying my retirement with the companionship of my family and the freedom of our 3-acre island.
- Water Buckets