Today was Missy-centered. The theme was tomatoes, slinky toys, tomatoes, socks, tomatoes, cattails, tomatoes, socks, and kongs with peanuts in them – all favs of Missy.
At our HOOT! gala in May, one of the more interesting items we auctioned off during the live auction was a photography session at the sanctuary with professional photographers Dean Rutz and Karen Ducey. There were two lucky winning bidders, and one of the winners cashed in their session this morning – we can’t wait to share a few of their photos with you!
In the meantime, here are some that the staff took today of the birthday girl, a flashback to one of my favorite videos of Missy, and a few photos of the other chimpanzees enjoying Missy’s birthday.
Missy spent the day, as usual, in action and elusive to the camera.
In the photo below, Missy is climbing one of the tallest structures on the hill during the breakfast forage, which included a lot of – you guessed it – tomatoes!
Here she is at the top with a mouthful:
Later, we handed out cattails. Missy decided to take hers inside:
Missy escaping the watchful eye of the camera, climbing to the bridge in the playroom to enjoy her cattail:
Missy in a nest playing with a slinky on the catwalk of the playroom:
MIssy removing a kong from a sock:
We put the kongs in socks for the nighttime enrichment in homage to Missy’s own invention, and one of my favorite videos of Missy, taken in 2010 (see below):
The other chimpanzees also had a great time with all of the birthday festivities today.
Jamie explored some new enrichment in the greenhouse:
Jamie cleaning some plastic glasses with a sock:
Negra foraged on the hill for breakfast:
And Annie, proudly, got the tomato piñata during the playroom forage:
I posted a little video on Facebook of Missy playing what looks a lot like a thumb war with Negra while they lay next to each other on the catwalk. All in all, it was a pretty great 39th birthday for one of the most athletic, full-of-life chimpanzee people that I’ve ever met. We love you, Missy!