I was born November 21, 1981 on Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, NM to my mother Cecilia and father Marc. I was allowed to remain with my mother for three months, before being taken from her and sent to the laboratory nursery. A month after being taken from my mother, I was shipped across the country to the University of Pennsylvania for cognition research. When I was six years old, I was shipped back to New Mexico.
In New Mexico I was used in invasive research; my liver was biopsied and blood drawn frequently. I was also used in the breeding program. I became pregnant on six occasions, but some of my babies died. The last time I was pregnant, I gave birth to triplets. Because I did not spend enough time with my mother or in a chimpanzee family, I did not know how to properly care for my children. They were all taken from me.
In 2002, my life changed when the laboratory I lived in closed, and Save the Chimps took over. I made many chimp friends and am now one of the most dominant females in my large chimp family. One of my best friends is Rufus, an African caught male estimated to be in his fifties. I always have his back even when he’s the one starting the trouble. That’s what friends are for, right? I usually carry a blanket with me everywhere I go—preferably a pink one! I also love food – pineapple and pumpkins are two of my favorites.
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