This afternoon, the chimp house was the epitome of peacefulness.
If you had walked in the door at 3:00, you would have had to strain to hear the soft lip-smacking and gentle raspberry sounds that accompanied their grooming.
If you had climbed the ladder to get a view of the chimpanzees in a fluid huddle in the loft, you might have marveled at what a close-knit and affectionate group they are.
This peaceful scene erased the ear-piercing screams and general mayhem that constitute chimpanzee quarreling that had occurred throughout the morning.
But that’s the nature of chimpanzees.
One minute they seem intensely angry at each other and the next they are engaged in the most intimate grooming session.