I was born March 17, 1988 at The Coulston Foundation (TCF), a laboratory in Alamogordo, NM. My mother was Ethyl, and my father was Lou. Ethyl was allowed to raise me for two-and-a-half years before I was taken from her and sent to live in a cage with other baby chimps in November 1990. For the next twelve years, my companions and I lived a barren existence. I was fortunately spared assignment to a biomedical research experiment, but I was still “knocked down” with ketamine two to four times per year for physicals.
In 2002, I was rescued by Save the Chimps after TCF was facing bankruptcy. I was living with five other females my age. Our new caregivers affectionately dubbed us the “Dixie Chicks.” I was eventually introduced into a large group of chimpanzees known as Freddy’s Family and moved to Florida where my friends and I were released onto a three-acre island complete with a wooden covered bridge to lounge in. I am a very popular member of my family and have many male chimpanzee admirers!
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