I was born November 21, 1981 on Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, NM to my mother Cecilia and father Marc. I was allowed to remain with my mother for three months, before being taken from her and sent to the laboratory nursery. A month after being taken from my mother, I was shipped across the country to the University of Pennsylvania for cognition research. When I was six years old, I was shipped back to New Mexico.
In New Mexico I was used in invasive research; my liver was biopsied and blood drawn frequently. I was also used in the breeding program. I became pregnant on six occasions, but some of my babies died. The last time I was pregnant, I gave birth to triplets. Because I did not spend enough time with my mother or in a chimpanzee family, I did not know how to properly care for my children. They were all taken from me.
In 2002, my life changed when the laboratory I lived in closed, and Save the Chimps took over. I made many chimp friends and am now one of the most dominant females in my large chimp family. I usually carry a blanket with me everywhere I go—preferably a pink one! I also love food – pineapple and pumpkins are two of my favorites.
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