I was born to my parents Kitty and George on May 1, 1987. I was one of the “lucky” babies born at The Coulston Foundation. I was allowed to stay with my mother for two and a half years before being weaned and taken away to begin my life as a laboratory test subject.
In 2002, I was rescued when Save the Chimps took over The Coulston Foundation. Overnight, I went from living in a lab with the worst record in history for violations of the Animal Welfare Act to a safe and caring sanctuary environment. I began receiving meals of fresh produce and soft blankets to nest in on a daily basis. My life improved with all of the amazing changes happening around me. As a true sanctuary, STC does not actively breed. To prevent pregnancies, the males have been vasectomized. Despite these efforts, “oopsie babies” have been born at the Sanctuary. In 2005, I gave birth to my son, Gabe as the result of a failed vasectomy. I was given the chance to raise my son, unlike how my mother couldn’t raise me. I am a wonderful mother to Gabe, I alway keep a keen eye out for him even as he is reaching adulthood. I spend my days relaxing in the Florida sun on a beautiful island with my son at my side, surrounded by my loving chimp family. The dark memories of the lab are in the distant past as I enjoy the present day and look forward to a bright future.
- Dried Nuts