Today, the chimps reminded me of a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip by cartoonist Bill Watterson.
The comic goes something like this:
Hobbes: You know what I like about summer days? They’re just made for doing things… even if it’s nothing.
Calvin: Especially if it’s nothing.
Nothing is exactly what the chimps decided to do today. The vibe in the Chimp House was one of tranquility and peace. It was, as the kids say nowadays, “chill.”
The day began with a lengthy breakfast that was followed by relaxation in the Greenhouse.
Jody and Burrito spent a good chunk of time grooming each other…
…and all the chimps made trips into the shady building to relax, cool off, and observe the caregivers.
Throughout the morning Jamie remained calmly engaged with Level III volunteer Chad, who dutifully wore Jamie’s favorite cowboy boots while she used a length of plastic hose to groom them.
Foxie had the best plans of them all. She found a quiet, secluded corner of the Greenhouse and played with a couple of dolls. She even allowed me to sit outside of the caging with my camera and take a few quick shots.
At a time with so much commotion and activity around the sanctuary on this hot summer day, the chimps seemed especially carefree and calm this morning.