Baxter was born in 1999 at New York University in a lab for experimental medicine that is now defunct. He later became property of The Buckshire Corporation—a Pennsylvania-based company that leased animals primarily for scientific and cosmetic testing. The Buckshire Corporation eventually leased Baxter and Walter, another chimp at Primarily Primates, to a German television show called Martin’s Working Wildlife—which trained them to perform tricks for television audiences. When they reached an age where they were difficult to control, they were returned to the United States before finding their way to PPI. As a reminder of his tumultuous past, sometimes Baxter does back-flips, claps his hands and “smiles” (actually a sign of training and fear of his owner).



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