Honey B, Mave, and Willy B arrived less than 30 days ago. If you’ve ever moved somewhere new, you know there’s an adjustment period where it takes some time to settle in and figure out how you fit with your new surroundings.
I would have expected this adjustment to be a pretty extended one for these three, given that they lived at Wildlife Waystation for 25 years.
I don’t think I’d be going out on a limb to say that Honey B is still gradually revealing herself to us. She was fairly reserved the first couple of weeks, seeming to just take it all in at her own pace.
She certainly is showing her curious side more. Today J.B. was working on the fence that will attach to the tunnel. He left some insulators hanging and walked away. Honey B immediately rushed over to see if she could reach them (she couldn’t).
Like Jamie, she is observant, smart, and can definitely be intense.
But today she was also incredibly playful with her new human friends, having them run from the inside to the outside. She also clapped vigorously to get my attention so I would come over for some grooming.
Mave is just that person that you want to be your best friend. She’s solid. She’s attentive to her chimpanzee friends and remains very chill about pretty much everything.
She’s also really different looking with her very freckled face and more square head. Her beautiful freckles contribute to her face having a triangular look.
And just look at those eyelashes. Sigh.
Willy B is classically handsome and proving himself to be a playful goof. He doesn’t appear as relaxed as Mave, but he also has not been too disturbed by Jamie displaying today; he just looked on with curiosity.
At breakfast, he was at the end of the tunnel eating primate chow watching Burrito who was in the greenhouse sitting down watching Willy B, also while eating chow. It was like they were having a friendly little bite together at a bit of a distance.
One of my favorite things about Willy B’s appearance is his long white beard.
It’s going to be such a joy to watch more pieces of their personalities reveal themselves over time. I think that having more friends will allow them to find out more about themselves too.
John Mele says
We have been so intrigued with the assimilation that is underway with the new chimps. While on a visit with friends on Cape, we introduced your site to them; needless to say they were impressed. Got to say, the blog has become addictive.
Thanks for showing your friends the blog, John! It’s fun to know you are following along.
J.B. will certainly have his hands full with Jamie and Honey B trying to supervise his construction projects. With Mave, I just love that little black dot right in the center of her bottom lip. She’s a charmer. And Willy B enjoying his baggie of chow along with Mr. B (and neither displaying) seems to be progress or maybe the beginning of a wonderful friendship. For me, I am simply captivated by each day and wishing, hoping, that with time everything and everyone will slowly fall into place.
I wonder if we should all be doing our lips like Mave’s – I love that spot on her lower lip too!
Chris Hines says
Wonderful, Diana! I love learning their personality styles and physical characteristics. Thank you!
Sandie Allaway says
Great last read of the night for me. Going to sleep with a smile.
I’ve noticed that Honey B looks so much like Missy, even that way of tilting the head slightly as she looks up at you….but her eyes definitely have the intensity of Jamie’s gaze sometimes.
About Mave’s head shape…I’ve thought the same thing. Mave seems to be larger and have some extra hair, compared to other females (at least the ones I’ve seen). How will she compare in size to the others?
Mave is definitely bigger than most of the seven females (and probably a bit bigger than Burrito too). She’s solid! And she has a lot of hair which makes her look even bigger.
Theresa Strunk says
It’s wonderful hearing about the new 3! I can’t wait to see the full introductions between the three we don’t know and the 7 we have been following for years. Thanks Diana for giving us some of insight into this group. I am pleased with the reactions so far between the groups. Am eager to see what friendships develop between them!
Wow, Mave is just adorable, with her freckles, bristly hair, and laid-back attitude. The image of her clutching the red blanket in the arrival video damn near put me in the hospital. I’ve sent her many mental hugs since. I’m excited and nervous about the coming integration process, but I have total faith in everyone at CSNW. You guys are heroes. ???
Thank you, Marissa!
Willy B is as handsome as Burrito! I’ve noticed the covers of Willy B’s mouth are slightly upturned in a lot of photos, like a gentle smile playing on his lips. I’m hoping the boys can eventually be friends and brothers to one another.
thank you Diana… and all the rest of the CSNW team… Wonderful reveals of all that is stirring in everyone’s hearts and emotions…. I too look forward with great anticipation, lots of nerves and tons of hope for a melding of these two groups into the pioneer mixing of the original ten.. as you eventually bring in more to the sanctuary. More means a loss of the intimacy “we”/you all have had with the 7 but such a glorious thing to rescue as many as is practical and possible. We spectators love the devotion CSNW has to keeping us informed as much as you can. Thank you as always!
I see what you mean. I think a large part of the reason I follow this blog so closely, and no other sanctuary’s, is that the size of the group allows us to feel that we’ve gotten to know them.
It will be interesting to see how the blog evolves when there are more chimpanzees. I think we can keep up and still allow everyone to get to know each individual, but for sure it will be different. There will be more personalities to fall in love with and new dynamics to follow.
Lol, Diana, 3 at a time, we can handle a few more!
But yes, watching those alliances shift when (and if) they merge will be interesting…your own version of “Survivor” under your noses! (with no one kicked off the island, of course!)
LOVE reading about the chimps and seeing pictures. The blogs are written so well! Thanks for all you guys do to make the lives of these beautiful creatures the best! Hugs…
Thank you, Mary!