Tatu’s Birthday Party

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Today is Tatu’s birthday and an exciting day for her indeed,
filled with the many treats she loves, pants and hugs from her dear mates, Dar
and Loulis.  As I pondered Tatu’s
birthday this morning on my commute, I thought about her mother, Thelma.  Tatu’s birthday, like most mammal’s
birthdays, really involved two people, Tatu and her mother.  Usually mothers are overjoyed at the
appearance of their wrinkled baby.  I
wonder how Tatu’s mother, Thelma, felt.  On
December 30, 1975 Thelma lost her baby.  Tatu
arrived in the Gardner’s cross-fostering laboratory on January 2, 1976, just 3
days old.  Meanwhile Thelma had a total
of 8 babies; she was used as a breeder by the biomedical community.  She went from the Institute for Primate
Studies in Oklahoma, to the Laboratory for Experimental and Surgical in
Primates (LEMSIP), to Coulston Foundation and now thankfully she is in
sanctuary at Save the Chimps in Ft. Pierce, FL. 
So Tatu’s birthday gave me pause today to think of the sadness that her
mother endured on the day she lost yet another baby.  I follow this with applause to the many
people who continue to work to end this cycle of exploitation.  Thanks to you all.

 

Here are some pictures from the party today!


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 Humans prepping all the exciting treats for the day – including Tatu’s favorite: MILK!


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Tatu enjoying some of the treats from the party!

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Dar stuffed his mouth with three clementines before heading
up to the cargo net.


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