Last Monday, about an hour before the fire broke out, I went out to the greenhouse to check on what the chimpanzees were up to. I witnessed a series of events and took some photos that I planned to share on the blog that day.
Jody and Burrito were grooming each other. This was pretty special to see because up until a few weeks ago they had very little interaction with each other. We’ve seen them grooming and playing on several occasions recently.
Jody and Burrito:
After a few minutes, Jody extended an inviting arm toward Annie, who was sitting alone nearby. When Annie arrived at CSNW, and for a long time afterward, she was much too shy to interact with anyone but her best friend Missy. But on Monday, she got up and joined Burrito and Jody’s grooming session without hesitation.
Jody and Annie:
Seeing these rare interactions between the chimps made me think about how adaptable they are. After four years at CSNW, they continue to change and grow and are always surprising us. This was made even more evident this past week, when they tolerated and even embraced countless changes in their environment. In what has been an overwhelming week, the chimps have been keeping us all sane.
Burrito, who has one of my favorite faces: