When Save the Chimps founder, Dr. Carole Noon, met me back in 2002, she wasn’t sure I would be able to recover from my time in the laboratory. I rocked back and forth, and bit my arm repeatedly. In fact, I had multiple self-inflicted wounds all over my body that I would continually pick at. Anytime Dr. Noon would introduce me to a new chimpanzee, I would scream non-stop, for hours. It took years of patience, of slowly winning back my trust, and years of good, quality care. Now, all these years later life couldn’t be more different for me. I live happily at Bobby’s Island –surrounded by a loving family. I only show agitation around feeding times and so my caregivers take extra care when passing out the food. I am often described as one of the smartest chimps at STC, I can be asked to go and retrieve something and hand it right over to my caregivers. Sweet and friendly, I often am the first to greet a family member. I love sunbathing and being outside on the patio. Because of my fondness for food, I’m also one of the largest females. Noticing my girth, one of my caregivers began an exercise program with me. My caregiver would demonstrate the movements such as: squatting up and down along with moving from one side of the room to the other side. I accepted the challenge and trained 15 minutes at a time, three to four days a week. The results were remarkable: where at first I would struggle to pull myself up and down for the squat, I now pop up quickly! I have not only slimmed down, but my mobility has dramatically improved. As a result, I have more confidence in myself – moving around more than I have in the past.
- Dried Fruit
- Peanut Butter