Mornings on Young’s Hill are a flurry of activity.
The chimps leave the greenhouse after breakfast and race from structure to structure, motivated in part, I imagine, by the desire to see what changes may have occurred overnight while they slept.
The structures offer the best vantage points to spot everything from nearby wildlife to vehicles coming up the driveway.
This morning, Jody had only one thing on her mind: she immediately made a beeline to the Twister to search for the cows.
She found them resting beneath the shade of the Ponderosa pines, just beyond the fence. It looked to me like she thought back up was on its way, but she was going to have to perform her reconnaissance alone.
As the cows rose from their naps, Jody spied on them through the fire hose web.
Soon her cover was blown and she found herself facing down 6,000 pounds of curious bovines, so she retreated to the company of her chimpanzee family.
Meanwhile, Missy played the “ground is lava” game, oblivious to the drama at the top of the hill.
She followed Jamie around without setting foot on the ground…
…aided by her incredible balance, a pair of opposable big toes, and let’s just call it a low center of gravity.
While Jamie trudged through the tall grass, Missy leapt and swung above it all.