I was born in Alamogordo, New Mexico, on May 5, 1996, at the Coulston Foundation, a now-defunct laboratory with the most Animal Welfare Act violations in history. I was taken from my mother at birth and raised in the Coulston Foundation nursery. For the first two years of my life, I was subjected to monthly sedations with the drug ketamine to have my blood drawn. At one point I was involved in a cognition study, though the length of the study is not clear in my records. My laboratory record shows that I performed hair plucking, a sign of boredom and stress in captive primates.
In 2002, Save the Chimps rescued me and 265 other chimpanzees from the Coulston Foundation and transported us to our new sanctuary home in Florida. I now live in a large family group called Freddy’s family, and I love spending time on my sunny island home. I also absolutely love oversized stuffed animals and I can often be seen using them as beds. I no longer show signs of abnormal behavior, and I am described by my caregivers as good-natured and playful. Fresh air, enrichment, friendship, and choices have transformed me into the happy and healthy chimpanzee I am today.
- Stuffed Animals
- Dried Fruit