Foxie herself was born into a lonely existence in August of 1976. She was subjected to laboratory research for hepatitis vaccines, and she was forced to produce more chimpanzees for research. But, she was never allowed to raise them herself.
When Foxie retired in 2008 and was sent to Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, the person who took care of her warned them that Foxie couldn't be trusted and would be very rough if people ventured too close.
"When she arrived at the sanctuary she was aloof for a time around humans and cautious about her surroundings," said Diana Goodrich, of Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest. "She would not play with or even touch any of the toys and other items we gave the chimps."
And then, she decided to adopt a troll doll.
The very first troll doll that she took a fancy to was one with bright pink hair and that was back in 2008. Since that time, she's adopted lots more. Foxie and her troll dolls have been inseparable ever since.
"Sometimes she carries the dolls on her back like a chimpanzee mom would do with an infant," said Goodrich. "So we'll just see a hint of troll hair on Foxie's back when she's walking around."
"After all the years of deprivation, she has something that is hers," said one commenter on Facebook. "Beautiful and tragic."
"Does she have enough trolls or is it possible to send her one?" wrote another. "I collect them so I have many."
The answer to that? "She has hundreds :) but she's always excited to get a new one!"
Take a look at the video below to see Foxie and her multitude of technicolored 'babies' below:
Here's another video of Foxie lavishing affection on one of her beloved Troll dolls:
Foxie's story is a bittersweet one. I'm so sad that her life was filled with such sorrow, but so happy that she's finally in a place where she's loved and respected and given the dignity that she so richly deserves. If Foxie's story touched your heart than 'SHARE' it with family and friends!