I was born February 1, 1996 on Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. My mother, Phyllis, and father, Emory, were Air Force chimpanzees who had been captured in Africa to be used as subjects in space and biomedical research. At a young age, I was shipped across the country to a laboratory in Maryland, where I lived until I was rescued by Save the Chimps.
When I arrived at Save the Chimps, I was thin, pale, and shy. To Save the Chimps’ knowledge, I had never been outdoors. I came out of my shell quickly, and became a confident chimp—and thanks to fresh air, sunshine, and good food, I put on weight and my skin and hair developed a healthy, dark glow. Today I enjoy a relaxing island life at Save the Chimps’ sanctuary in Florida. My best friend Jean and I enjoy grooming and napping in hammocks. My favorite treat is sunflower seeds—which are cleverly hidden inside tennis balls that are scattered about the island to find and enjoy. I’ve also taken up painting, a fun activity enjoyed by many of the chimps.
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