This post was written by J.B., who also visited the chimpanzees at Buckshire in December.
The first thing that struck me about Jody, besides her diminutive size, was her gaze. She has large, soulful eyes that follow you intently. Though Jody is an active member of her social group, she is keenly interested in the comings and goings of the humans around her.
Jody was born in 1975. Little is known about her life prior to Buckshire, but it is believed that she was used in a circus. Like most chimpanzees in entertainment, she was discarded when she was no longer useful, and sold to a laboratory. There, she would spend decades as a breeder, producing yet another generation of chimpanzees for research. Jody eventually had 7 babies, each taken from her shortly after birth. For a chimpanzee mother, there is no greater tragedy than the loss of a child.
At Buckshire, Jody spends most of her time with her friends Foxie and Burrito. She has earned a reputation as a troublemaker, and if she needs someone to get into trouble with, Jamie is all too eager to help. But for the most part, Jody would rather play with her friends, and we eagerly anticipate the day when the chimpanzees can play together in their new home.