I was born April 30, 1994 to my mother Mandy and father Thoto at the Coulston Foundation research laboratory in Alamogordo, NM. My mom cared for me for three days, and then she was anesthetized and I was taken from her. I was brought to the laboratory nursery, where I lived until I was 2 years old. I was then transferred to a barren lab cage, where I lived with a small group of other males my age. I was never used in any biomedical research studies, although I was “knocked down” quarterly for physicals.
In 2002, my future became a lot brighter when I was rescued by Save the Chimps. They took over Coulston and provided permanent sanctuary to me and more than 250 other chimpanzees. I joined a chimpanzee family group, known as Lou’s Family, and eventually became the alpha male. Today, my family and I live on a lush three-acre island full of palm trees, rolling hills, and climbing structures. I enjoy exploring the island with my best friend, Arthur.
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