One of the things that we stress to our staff and volunteers is that our attitudes have a significant effect on the chimps. We all know from personal experience with friends, family, and coworkers that moods can be contagious, so we try to shake off whatever is bothering us before we go into the chimp house. The last thing the chimps need is for us to bring them down!
It works the other way as well – the chimps can really influence how we feel about our “day at the office”. Some chimps are particularly influential. If Jamie is in a bad mood, we’re in for a rough day, to say the least. But if she’s happy, we’re happy.
For me, there is one individual in particular that has the ability to brighten my morning no matter what side of the bed I wake up on. This morning, as I opened the door to greet the chimps, Foxie was waiting, troll in hand, to launch into a full-on game of “pass the troll” with some flips and spins thrown in. Not a bad way to start the day.
What a pleasure to watch. I had the honor of meeting Foxie and she is really remarkable and was so hospitable for lack of a better word allowing me in her home so to speak. It is amazing at all that she has been through because of humans that she now has blossomed into this funloving, goofy, warm and loving chimp. Credit to CSNW that they were and are able to provide her and all the others a home where all of them can be safe and be themselves. It is sad to think what her children missed not having her as a mother because I’m sure she would have been a mom that every other chimp wished was theirs, can you imagine what a blast it would be to have Foxie as your mom?
All this before breakfast….
Amy M. says
I love it! And I love the ending shot. Foxie to JB: “Troll, please. Thank you.”
Kat Morrell says
Love how she tickles herself and gets squished into a ball. Happy girl.
How many knots can she make with her arms and legs!!! What a great playface and happy smile!!!
Pat Keahi says
does Foxie know how cute she is?! I loved the end clip too – exactly what I thought too: troll please, thank you.
Linda (Portland, OR) says
What a great way to start a Saturday! I’m sure she tied her arms into at least 115 different knots and what a happy, happy playface! What a joy for all of us to watch!!
Jeani Goodrich says
Oh JB and Foxie thank you for a wonderful start of the day! It is such a pleasure to watch you Foxie with all your spinning and laughing with your trolls. And how easily you share them now. (As long as we are willing to give them back when asked!) Thanks for being the goof you are. I love you, Foxie.
love those head-standy-arm-arm-and-leg-knots! JB, don’t you want to do the same in response? wonder what she would make of that!!! Foxie – I love you, funny girl! have a great time, and keep celebrating every day!
Wow. Got some break dancing moves in there too! I wish I had that much energy. I could watch them all day. 🙂
marie cross (uk) says
its morning here what a wonderful thing for us to wake upto ! thanks so much for sharing , thats our day off to a super start smiling already and here we are still in our PJ,S thank you foxy and JB XXX
Fantastic – she made me laugh out loud- it’s great to see her experiencing such fun
Peter Cross (uk) says
I wish I had that much energy first thing in the morning. Foxie really brightens the day up with all her acrobatic moves, but through all that still remembers at the end, I only let you have my troll to hold JB not for keeps – Thank You.
What an agile girl! J.B., I am green with envy. I would give just about anything if I could start my day like that. Foxie girl you are one special chimp. I love seeing the chimps so happy and carefree. This video is the epitome of what “sanctuary” is all about. Thanks, J.B. you made my day!