I decided to add some text within the video below. Foxie is really coming along with her nesting! And, seriously, who can resist Negra? Don’t forget about her birthday, which we’re celebrating on June 13th, and our $7,000 fundraising goal for June. We’re almost half-way there – $4,000 more to go!
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Candace (Tyler, TX) says
Go, Foxie, Go!!! I hope for the anniversary that the staff and volunteers will give us their viewpoint on how the “7” have changed over the last year.
Amy M. says
It’s incredibly moving to see Foxie rediscover her nesting instinct.
Diana — the text is great!
Amy M. says
Diana — What do Foxie’s soft claps mean? Is she pleased with herself?
The text is great, maybe will get people who discover the videos on YouTube more interested in learning more about our friends. It’s great to see the progress Foxie is making!
How can anyone look at these videos and not love Foxie and Negra? I like the text too, Diana. So happy Foxie is getting the hang of nesting. Negra reminds me of a medieval princess with her sheets over her head. Now she just needs a ring of gold too!
Margaret and Karen says
Every day they bring such joy to us…..and I trust to themselves. It is breathtakingly (is that a word?) beautiful to watch the videos. THANK YOU.
Amy – Foxie’s claps are part of her nesting “ritual.” Like grooming, each chimpanzee has their own way of nesting, and some chimps (at least in captivity) clap when they are starting to nest.
It’s so amazing to see this. Is Foxie going through the motions even though she has the one little blanket ?? – sort of like our dog who “digs” in the living room burying her bone and then pushes the “virtual dirt” with her nose to cover it up. If there were branches with leaves placed inside the enclosure, would they use them for nesting or do you think they would just stay with what they’re familiar with such as blankets???
Jeani Goodrich says
Thank you for the video and text, Diana. Every little bit of information is wonderful to absorb. It is nice to know there is a reason other than fun for tying the troll dolls to cloth. Foxie and Negra I could watch you all day.
Sara Lissabet says
Yes, the text within the video is a great additional educational tool.
Gayle – in a sense, I do think that Foxie is going through the motions of nest building, even though she doesn’t have that much material. I’ve observed a few chimpanzees in sanctuaries who exhibit a specific arm movement during nesting – arms bent at 90 degrees with hands towards the sky, palms facing in, then a downward motion with both arms, sometimes with the hands held together, and sometimes also rubbing the arms on fencing during the motion. And I know of at least one other captive chimp who claps her hands together during nest building. I’ll try to find out what Foxie’s daughter Angie does at Save the Chimps, just for fun.
The chimps at CSNW have had branches of various sorts, and some of them have incorporated them into their nests, but they usually also have blankets as part of the nest if they are available. Missy, for example, took the roses that we gave out at Mother’s Day / Jody’s birthday and added them to her nest. Some chimps will add food and other objects to their beds. And chimps in the wild (like chimps in captivity) don’t just sleep in their nests – they groom, eat, copulate, give birth, and rest in nests when they are ill or injured.
Wanda Perry says
I just have to comment on the wonderful care that you have given theChimps, it shows…..