I was born on March 28, 1993 at the Coulston Foundation, a biomedical research facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico. My parents are Oliva and Sampson, but I was immediately taken from my mother at birth to be raised in the laboratory nursery. While living in the nursery, I suffered from frequent upper respiratory infections and fevers. When I was one and a half years old, I was scheduled for a study, but fortunately it was cancelled. I was sedated for monthly blood draws for the first two years of my life, followed by quarterly exams until Save the Chimps rescued me in 2002.
I now live at Save the Chimps Sanctuary in sunny Florida on a large three-acre island. I am a member of Kiley’s family and am known for my fiercely independent personality. I am very close to my friend Lilly, and we are often seen on one of our island platforms grooming each other. I love to play with water by lying on my back while vigorously rubbing it all over my face. I am also quite the foodie and anxiously wait for my turn to eat.
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