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December 8, 2010 by Elizabeth
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Linda (Portland, OR) says
December 8, 2010 at 5:32 pm
OK, I give up what was it? Looked like a letter of the alphabet, maybe in “wood” block form? (Obviously, I’m impaired!). 🙂
Did they get down so close to smell it, maybe hoping it was a snack or something? They touched it and put their faces right down in it.
I was pretty enthralled just watching their whole process!
December 8, 2010 at 6:24 pm
It was a wooden block they were using to “block” the hole. I think it was a mouse or chimpmunk hole. I think they knew it wasn’t something to eat but were very courious about the hole in their space.
December 8, 2010 at 8:21 pm
or maybe they saw a rodent run into that hole and were trying to contain with the wooden blocks.
December 8, 2010 at 5:58 pm
But … but … what *was* it?? 🙂 Did staff look?
Julie Harding says
December 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm
I love to watch their keen interest in the hole!…..spontaneous, unintentioned enrichment….what fun!!! And how smart of them to decide to block the hole to keep the suspicious thing out of their space!
marie cross (uk) says
December 9, 2010 at 12:37 am
brilliant ! great team work girls xxxx i love the bums and elbows in the air ! x
Candy (Tyler, Texas) says
December 9, 2010 at 1:24 am
I was impressed with Annie and her thought to block the hole. I noticed that, Annie, wiped her fingers, again, after getting something on them.
chimp pal says
December 9, 2010 at 5:12 am
Geez, I almost broke my nose getting closer to the screen. What was it? It is amazing how every day you get to see something different and interesting. These chimps are certainly worth all your efforts. Thanks again and again.
December 9, 2010 at 7:02 am
I was there that day and saw nothing. Before I started filming, there was a lot of alarm calling and threat barking towards that spot, but as far as I could tell, nothing was there. A few weeks prior, there was a garter snake in the same spot (which resulted in the same reaction), so it’s possible a snake was there and went into the hole.
Kathy Haydel says
December 9, 2010 at 9:12 am
They are so smart. I loved the video. thanks for taking the time to show this to us. Smart to cover the hole up. That is what I would do. I love them.
December 9, 2010 at 3:25 pm
I kept expecting something to pop out!!! I loved the way Annie poked at it with a piece of straw before using her finger. They’re both much braver then I would be!!
December 10, 2010 at 2:55 pm
Thanks for posting this – it is important for people to see and understand chimp thought process. Well done all – chimps for solving the “problem” and humans for capturing on film and posting!
Thanks for all you do,
December 10, 2010 at 4:56 pm
Whatever it was, the girls made it clear it wasn’t welcome. They never cease to amaze me how smart they are. Knowing if they blocked the hole, it wouldn’t get out is pretty clever to me! The intensity of the inspection and solution is fascinating to watch!
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