This morning Jamie seemed to be feeling a little ignored. She displayed a couple of times, probably in an attempt to draw some attention to herself, but volunteer Denice and I were busy cleaning the front rooms, and the other chimpanzees didn’t seem too impressed. She eventually convinced Foxie to play with her by “stealing” one of her trolls. Once she had Foxie’s undivided attention, she proceeded to drag her around the playroom by her feet.
If you’re having the kind of day we’re having west of the mountains being dragged around seems appropriate. It’s cold and wet and icky and just the sort of day for such shenagins! Seemed like Foxie was pretty good natured about the event and even sort of helping or at least keeping her balance!
Linda (Portland, OR) says
I agree with Cindy!! Same weather here. If you can’t snuggle up to a nice fireplace and a good book on a day like this, I guess the next best thing would be for Jamie to drag you around the room!!
It still amazes me how they are so quick to entertain themselves. LOVE THOSE CRAZY KIDS!
This reminds me of when Negra was pushing and pulling Missy (I think) across the floor. So cute! I love the many ways they play!
Eric Dodge says
Could the wanting extra attention have to do with Jamies cycle stage? Looks like a full “10”.
That’s possible, Eric. Female chimpanzees do sometimes show behavioral changes at certain stages in their cycles. It’s pretty common for Jamie to seek attention anyway, so it’s hard to pinpoint one cause of her behavior.
Jeani Goodrich says
That is too funny. They are always figuring out different ways to entertain each other!
How does Jamie know when Foxie has had enough and really needs to have her troll back?
In general, Foxie is remarkably tolerant of Jamie’s troll-stealing. I think she realizes that the best way to deal with the situation is to keep things low-key and to treat it like a game, which is usually what Jamie has in mind.