As you may have read on the blog, the chimps recently encountered a snake in one of the bamboo groves. The snake was clearly still on their minds on they ventured out onto the hill this morning.
They had all night to think about how scary it was and to dwell on the fact that it had eluded capture. It could still be out there.
Jamie immediately led a patrol to the area where the snake was last seen.
Foxie, Missy, Annie, Burrito, and Jody all followed but began to peel off one by one as the approached the bamboo grove.
It would be up to Jamie. Alone but undeterred, she climbed onto a structure to scan the grass for any sign of the intruder.
She moved from one vantage point to the next without setting foot on the ground below.
She watched patiently from the safety of her fire hose perch.
She searched for any sign of movement in the grass.
For all she knew, it could be right underneath her.
At last, she gave the all clear. But that didn’t mean that she was going to push her luck. There are plenty of other places to hang out besides that particular bamboo grove.
Which may very well still be hiding a snake.