I was born March 23, 1984 on Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, NM to my mother Gertrude and father Scott. Gertrude was a good mother, I was taken from her anyway as soon as I was born. Raised in the laboratory nursery, I was transferred to isolation for a biomedical study when I was just 17 months old. I was subjected to liver biopsies and blood draws. When I was 10 years old, I was noted as exhibiting severe abnormal behaviors such as frequent rocking and aggression. When I was 12 years old, I entered the breeding program, but never became pregnant. In 1999, I met Stella, an older female who became my best friend and protector.
Save the Chimps rescued me in 2002. Stella and I joined Tanya’s family. I was the lowest ranking member of the group, but Stella always stood by my side. We were together when we set foot on our new island home, and were never far from each other’s side. Sadly, Stella passed away in 2013. I remained with her body for several hours, even attempting to cover Stella with a blanket. Due to my low rank and loss of my companion, I was moved to a smaller group of gentle chimps. I quickly made friends with Scarlett, Millie, and Abdul—all sensitive chimps like me.
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