Barrels are a great form of enrichment. They are often used to sit on to get a better view of the neighbors, or for drumming on to build up a big display, sometimes they are used for reaching an enrichment puzzle, and commonly the barrels are used for a good nap. Jamie can be found relaxing on a barrel, usually when the humans are cleaning. So, she can still keep her eye on them and request drinks of water from the hose when she is parched. When she has had enough rest, the humans are right there close enough for her to select the boot of her choice and take a lap around the Hill.
Jamie on her barrel enjoying some Alfalfa:
Jamie deep in thought:
Jamie inspecting something holding a wooden hammer in her feet:
Now, when you look at the pictures you might be thinking how is this comfortable. But, chimps often prefer to sit or lay on objects that elevate them off the ground rather than sit or nap on the floor. Though that is not true for all, for example Foxie lays on the floor and wants nothing to do with blankets. However, you see this in the wild and in captivity that chimps prefer to sit higher, even if it is just a barrel or a chair.
Jamie sitting on a chair grooming some XtraTUF boots:
Also, I was going to save these photos for another day, but why not share them now!
This morning when the chimps first got access to Young’s Hill I spotted Missy and Annie rippin’ around the Hill chasing each other with huge play faces:
Negra popped out for a bit of sun:
Burrito marched out with this purple plastic flat-head screwdriver:
And then there was the ever so sweet, cool as can be, and silly Foxie:
I almost didn’t include this one because it is a little out of focus, but I like it and I hope you do too!