The past couple of mornings the chimpanzees have acted as if it’s the first time in the history of history that they’ve had breakfast. The second we arrive they constantly monitor our progress in the kitchen and while greeting them or playing they stop to listen to every sound as if to say, “Sshhh! Was that a food grunt?? Is it time?!” which would be indicative of us coming down the human hallway with their breakfast. (As a sidenote for those of you who may be new to the blog, although the chimpanzees understand most of what we say, we caregivers are trained to use chimp vocalizations and gestures with them as much as possible. So one example of this is when we are getting ready to serve meals, we food grunt along with them to let them know it’s time).
So a popular spot this morning was the front room bench which faces the kitchen and has a view of the driveway (aka, “the portrait studio”). Negra was there when I arrived, I’m pretty sure willing us to arrive and get a move on:
Foxie and her orange-haired friend diligently watched the kitchen doorway:
It’s also a popular spot to return to when breakfast is served in the greenhouse as they can step out to get their servings and bring them back inside if they feel like having a little privacy to eat, want to be a little warmer, or (especially if you’re the boss) feel the need to supervise continued happenings in the chimp house: