Karen and her sister, Kimberly, were brought to IEAS by their caregivers to avoid licensing problems for their owners. Karen was named by Heinz Simon, who donated funds for their care, after his daughter. Karen now enjoys her life in her new habitat that has a pool with a waterfall, perches and trees for shade. She enjoys playing in her pool most of the time. It doesn't matter what time of year it is. Even on the coldest day, you will see her jumping in and out of her pool playing with her boomer ball. She also enjoys playing with seasonal enrichment items like pumpkins. You will usually find pieces of it in the pool or water trough. Karen enjoys visits from those they trust who are there to provide emotional enrichment.
Karen is more instinctual than her sister. There are times she is affectionate, but it only takes a second for her to switch back to instinctual mode.