I was born at the Coulston Foundation research lab in Alamogordo, NM on May 21, 1999 to my mother Melissa and father Boy. Like so many other babies, I was taken from my mother and sent to the “nursery” to be raised by humans. I was placed in a group of other baby chimps that were my own age. Terrified without our mothers, we clung to each other, so much so that it was often difficult to tell who was who in the group. I was easy to spot, though, by my loveable big ears.
While I was at Coulston, I was anesthetized every month for blood sampling. Luckily, I was still a youngster when Save the Chimps (STC) took over the Coulston facility in 2002. I became a member of Alice’s Family, a group of chimps who were rescued from Coulston that includes my best buddy Jake. I am a clever, mischievous chimp. Everyone agrees that I am irresistible.
One common theme surrounding Elway throughout the years has been the joy he brings to those around him. As toddlers, he and Pamela were introduced to Alice, a timid, distrustful adult female. After years of being forced to participate in painful research studies, Alice had experienced very little to laugh about in her life. When Elway and Pamela came rushing in, Alice had no idea what to think about these rambunctious kids. They jumped on her and playfully tickled her until she laughed, possibly for the first time ever.
The silliness continued when Elway moved to Florida. As a youngster, he would frequently parade around the island wearing a homemade dress designed out of chow bags his caregivers saved for him just for this purpose. He enjoyed modelling his fashion sense for everyone just as much as we enjoyed watching him. Although Elway spent most of his time running around being silly, he also had softer moments, like when he would sit quietly in the oak tree on the island with Thelma, one of the older ladies in the group. Perhaps moments like these made up for never knowing his own mother. He also enjoys making large nests out of all the stuffed animals he can find.
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