I took some photos last night and had a whole blog post about night bags ruminating in my head, but then, today, this happened…
The thinking behind the cabin that you helped us build through our 4th anniversary fundraising, was that the chimps, particularly fair-weather-loving Negra, needed a spot on the hill where they would be protected from the wind and rain, which we had both of today.
Here’s the full story of Negra’s big venture to her cabin –
Now that the snow is gone and we’ve had some warmer days, Negra has been spending a bit of her time on the hill, especially when we spread food around for the chimps to find. Below is a photo from last night of Negra heading back towards the greenhouse after gathering some sweet potato:
Generally, Negra’s been going out long enough to gather food, then coming back inside, but today was a little different.
The weather has been weird today. One minute sunny and warm, the next windy and overcast, and the next sleeting. There was a window of good weather around the chimps’ lunchtime, so we decided to set up a forage on the hill. We’re defrosting the freezer today, so J.B. took a hammer to some frozen watermelon that had been in the freezer for who knows how long and we included that in the lunch forage.
Jody went for the frozen watermelon in the cabin, and took her stash away as Negra approached:
Once in the cabin, Negra actually just sat for a while. I think and hope that she was realizing how great it is in there!
Jody got all of the watermelon from the cabin, but there was still some other food that Negra found:
Hopefully this is the first day of many that Negra will enjoy the warmth and protection of her cabin.