I didn’t have it easy the first 18 years of my life. I was born at the Primate Foundation; a facility that bred chimpanzees for biomedical research, to parents Rosie and Kobi. I was sent to LEMSIP (The Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates) when I was 2, and then on to The Coulston Foundation when I was 4. I was used in research studies and as a breeder, but never had children. During one study, I was so distressed that I started to self-mutilate. Thankfully, those days are a distant memory.
I am now confident and larger-than-life, both in stature and personality! I am quite fashionable and frequently wear a scarf or boa. Other days I will carry a hat around tucked in my leg pocket (chimpanzees use the area between their leg and torso as a pocket while walking). My hair-do is reflective of my personality—it’s almost like a lion’s mane, giving me a tough, robust appearance. But I can also be as gentle as a kitten, and once showed extreme concern about a bandage on my caregiver’s finger. I pointed at it daily, asking to inspect the injury until it healed to my satisfaction. I love to eat—my food and everyone else’s! I strongly encourage the other chimps to share with me. I spend most of my time with my best friends Mika (whom I have known since I was 5) and Pamela, searching for treats spread around the island, or relaxing on our favorite platform.
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