Living in the middle of the Cascade Mountains has its perks. Today as I arrived for work I spotted this little black bear rummaging through the brush by Young’s Hill. It’s our first ever sighting of a bear on the property!
As soon as it saw me, it took off up the hill, right along the perimeter of the chimp’s fenced outdoor enclosure.
I excitedly texted my fellow staff members about our visitor and went to check on the chimpanzees to see if they had spotted the newcomer. Most of the chimps were lined up at the top of the greenhouse (they did not yet have access to the hill) and probably had seen the bear jogging away. None of the seven seemed too alarmed by its presence, especially Annie, who immediately asked me to pick her some fresh green grass that was growing just outside her reach.