I was born May 24, 2000 at the Coulston Foundation laboratory in Alamogordo, NM to my mother Lauryl and father Ridge. I remained with my mother for just 30 hours before being taken from her to be raised in the laboratory nursery. In the wild newborn chimpanzees are entirely dependent on their mothers for warmth, protection, transportation, and nourishment. They nurse for 5 years and during this time, they learn what to eat and what to avoid by watching their mothers and other adult chimpanzees. I was denied developing this deep family bond with my mother.
The Coulston Foundation went bankrupt when I was two years old, sparing me a life in biomedical research. I was rescued by Save the Chimps, and immediately moved to the Florida sanctuary where I have grown into a petite, beautiful teenager. I became a member of Lou’s Group, and enjoy spending my days on the island home with my girlfriends, Olivia, Katrina, Shelley, and Opal. Despite my small size, I am very dominant and respected by all—including the big boys Arthur, Braedon, and Bam Bam!
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