Annie is continuing to show her newfound adventurous nature.
The other chimpanzees (well, most of them) were inspired to follow her out into the snowy expanse of Young’s Hill this afternoon.
The pair of photos below of Annie and Jody are my favorite! It’s so uplifting to see the chimpanzees support one another and share in adventures big and small:
Foxie and Missy were 3rd and 4th out. The photo below is of Foxie giving Missy a quick hug before continuing along the path:
Foxie didn’t have to go very far to find a snack:
Nor did Missy:
Jody seemed to be in awe of the snow:
and dove right in for a taste:
Jamie came out after a few minutes and headed straight for a structure. She often takes the lead in adventures, but not today.
Though she did win points for her acrobatics once outside:
She also found some big chunks of snow to bring back into the building to savor:
Negra and Burrito didn’t follow these adventurers, but I did see Negra coming in later in the day, and I have no doubt Burrito at least reached an arm out to get a taste.
Before ending this post, I have to express our gratitude for volunteers and interns. This week we have really relied on you!
After being sick for a week herself, Katelyn has been the only healthy full time staff member this week. We’re very deliberate about staying away from the chimp house when we are feeling under the weather because we don’t want the chimpanzees to catch our bugs, so volunteers and interns have been life savers!
Today I’m much better but still not at 100%. I was able to don a mask and gloves to operate doors but luckily had an incredible crew of volunteers and Central Washington University interns who did the (literal) dirty work all day.
Thank you to all of you who give your free time to the sanctuary – it makes a huge difference to all of the primates here!