Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest
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March 4, 2017 by Diana
This is the closest that J.B. has ever come to getting a manicure…
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March 4, 2017 at 6:51 pm
Love it!! Thank you sooooo much for this wonderful peek into what goes on there! Hugs to you all!
March 4, 2017 at 7:02 pm
Oh, I love her! What care and diligence she shows, and what grace and honor you demonstrate in accepting her grooming. I love the way she moves her mouth as she concentrates on using the tool. She’s really something; you all are. Thank you for sharing.
March 5, 2017 at 7:34 pm
Thanks, Pam. I’m glad you appreciate the video (and Jamie!) I talked about those “sympathetic mouth movements” in this post a few years back: https://chimpsnw.org//2014/10/grooming-is-so-cool/
Julie Harwell says
March 4, 2017 at 7:44 pm
The intelligence in her eyes is breathtaking!
March 4, 2017 at 10:24 pm
As someone who has had manicures, I would pay anything to have Jamie groom my hands! Nowhere else would I experience such attention to detail. What a wonderful experience. J.B.. I bet you feel like a new person right?! I love you Jamie, you are an amazing person.
March 5, 2017 at 2:30 pm
Do they ever groom each other’s hands? I have seen Jamie filing her own nails but does she ever try to file the nails of anyone else?
March 5, 2017 at 7:38 pm
Interesting question. I haven’t seen her filing the nails of anyone else. The chimps do groom each others hands. Jamie actually doesn’t groom with the other chimps as much as you would expect her to considering her position within the group – it’s something we’ve been talking about. Mostly she is more focused on the humans, probably because of her upbringing. Thanks for the question!
Arlene and Michael says
March 5, 2017 at 3:31 pm
So interesting. It is touching to see what a connection these chimps have with their caregivers. It would seem that grooming is done when the chimps are relaxed so they must feel close to you and trust you to do that.
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