Last October we were paid a visit by an elk, who we’ve since been calling Ellie. Learn more about that visit in this blog post. When the chimpanzees saw Ellie last fall, their immediate reaction was to defend their territory.
Ellie has been hanging out at the neighbors’ ranch for a while now, though she’s free to come and go. The last couple of days she has been visiting the sanctuary.
While Jamie tried to chase her off a few times, you’ll see in the video below that she’s becoming more comfortable with Ellie and perhaps trying to figure out if there’s a way to expand their relationship. The result was a little awkward.
I was going to write about the strangeness of captivity vs. freedom, what’s wild and natural, and what happens when humans become part of the equation in the lives of animals, but I’ll leave all of that pondering up to you.