I was born at The Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates (LEMSIP), on March 26, 1987. My file states that I was raised by my mother, Marion, though it is not clear for how long. LEMSIP closed in 1996, and I was sent to another laboratory in Louisiana where I remained for just over four years. The laboratory was the subject of an intensive nine month undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States which alleged many violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
Luckily, in 2000, I was retired to the Wild Animal Orphanage (WAO) in San Antonio, Texas. A decade later, when WAO began having financial difficulties, they reached out to Save the Chimps to provide a permanent home for eleven chimpanzees. After arriving at Save the Chimps, my companions and I were soon meeting other chimpanzees and I was particularly receptive to these new friendships. I am smart, personable, and get along well with everyone in my family. I am also very friendly with caregivers and greet everyone with a smile. I like walking upright when exploring my spacious 3-acre island. I love food, basking in the sun, and socializing with my friends.