Summer has arrived! We find ourselves suddenly in the mid-eighties today which is typical in that we don’t get a lot of working up to the heat, it just goes from cool to hot. The chimpanzees are pretty endearing when the temperatures soar. Much like humans you’ll find the chimps spread out as if melted into a puddle, legs in the air, hoping to catch a breeze.
Jody propped herself up on the platform to check out Young’s Hill:
When she needs a break from the heat, she’ll often come into the shaded front rooms to rest:
The chimps have been lounging around in the heat and enjoying ice cube treats and summertime berries. They have a currant bush outside that greenhouse that is just ripening and Jamie wasted no time whatsoever letting me know they were ready and she needed some immediately. The other chimps seem to take them or leave them, but Jamie LOVES them! I have no idea why, straight from the vine they will make you pucker right up.
That said, here is Missy trying out a handful:
Our neighbor swallow family right outside our front gate have welcomed new hatchlings and the parents have been extra busy today fiercely protecting them by dive-bombing the silly humans:
Anthony captured these sweet bovine moments of Nutmeg sunbathing:
His mama, Betsy:
Mother and son moment:
In exciting news for Mave, Willy B and Honey B, with these warmer evenings, they now have overnight access to their chute! While we don’t think they are sleeping out there at night, when I came up the driveway this morning, I found Mave snoozing in the top of the chute and she didn’t even bother to turn over to see who was coming. And Honey B has been requesting her meals be served out there when possible. She has a little shaded area that she loves to sit with all her blankets, paper and of course, her skateboard. I did capture a photo of Honey B in her shaded spot enjoying the award winning book, “The Chimpanzee Chronicles” a just released book by Debra Rosenman (which includes a story written by Diana!). And notice the handsome cover model. 🙂
It’s been too hot for much walking today, that is, until now. As Chad and I have wrapped up things in the chimp house, and all the other chimpanzees are in bed, Jamie has decided we should enjoy the evening now that the sun is going down and a nice breeze is coming up. Wishing you all a lovely, Jamie-style, evening!