It is getting very cold here in Cle Elum, but the sun is out and there’s no snow on the ground so the chimps continue to go out on the hill every day. Today, Jamie led Missy, Annie, and Jody on a walk through the bamboo.
Later, Jody was alarmed by something in the upper corner of the enclosure. Here you can see a great example of a fear grimace – what many people mistake for a smile.
Annie stayed back, but Jody was determined to go in for a closer look. She kept looking back for some support, but she was on her own.
The chimps love being able to roam across two acres, but at times like this I think it can feel a long way from the safety of their original sanctuary home.
She got as far as the bamboo grove but didn’t seem to have to courage to go any further; at least not without backup.
So she went back to the platform to be with Annie.