I was born on October 23, 1999, at the Coulston Foundation, a now-closed laboratory in New Mexico with extensive Animal Welfare Act violations. My parents are Lou and Scarlett, two wonderful chimps who have since passed. I only stayed with Scarlett for 15 minutes before I was taken to live in the nursery. Luckily I was never used in any research studies, but I was sedated for monthly blood draws. I was part of a group of young chimps who were about three to four years old when Save the Chimps took over the Coulston Foundation in 2002. Dubbed the “the babies” by Dr. Noon, we were quickly introduced into family groups and older females became adoptive mothers to us. Unfortunately, no adoptive moms bonded with me, including my own mother. Because of this, the care staff was very attentive to my needs.
In November of 2010, I made the exciting journey to Florida with my group, known as Freddy’s family, on a three-acre island. I used to have a shy personality; however, I now have many friends and am even the alpha of my family. We all enjoy the platforms and trees on our island and I love to dip for applesauce and other treats in the artificial termite mounds.