This morning I witnessed one of those odd scenes which always makes me love the chimpanzees and their choices in sanctuary life just a little bit more. Please forgive me as I didn’t get proper photographic evidence to share here.
Anthony and I were midway through cleaning the playroom when we spotted Foxie playing with her dolls and doing little flips in the window. Just behind her on the greenhouse deck was Annie, wearing a bright orange headband around her waist and Burrito with a checkered plaid blanket “scarf” draped across his shoulders. Enter Jamie, with a leftover radish she found (somewhere??) accompanied by a stick of bamboo she had broken into her own “knife.” Jamie set about stabbing her radish down the middle repeatedly to cut it in half before she ate it, just because she could.
This brief morning moment reinforces how different all the chimpanzees are and how they each have such particular interests. Dolls, blanket scarves, headbands and homemade stick knives, we certainly have an interesting group of individuals living here at the sanctuary. The best part is, ALL chimps have different likes/dislikes and certain special quirks about them. Just think of Honey B, who arrived here only August of last year. As she has settled in, we’ve seen her enjoy building massive paper nests, eating fistfuls of popcorn and scooting around on her own wheeled toys– to name only a few of her passions. Honey B positively defines the word quirky.
I think I can probably speak for all the caregivers and blog readers alike, we really can’t wait to finish our expansion and welcome home our next group of eccentric CSNW residents.
I’m still practicing with our new camera, so I have just two random photos to share with you today.
Annie adoringly grooming Missy:
And Boss Jamie with boots and scarf close by:
I hope my husband and I’s retirement is that enjoyable someday! LOL! These chimps deserve every bit of their happiness!
Linda Gere says
Awesome post again today. I Love how much you care for the chimps and share with us.?
Linda C says
That’s a lot of quirky in one photo frame! Pity…maybe next time, lol!
So sweet….sometimes Annie and Missy seem like they’re just this side of an SNL skit.
Have a great night, Anna! Wow! Luna’s almost 1!
The chimps are simply wonderful. Primates, human and non human, are a quirky lot. Eeesh, I love the shape of Missy. And it’s hard to beat the longtime bond between Missy and Annie. And then there is Jamie. Fall is boot and scarf season so I am pleased to know she is well prepared and accessorized! I do wish I could have seen a photo of Burrito in his checkered plaid blanket “scarf”….But in some ways I am having more fun envisioning it myself!
Carol Ann Sceniak says
Thank u so much for these heart warming updates and pictures.They mean so much as I love these wounderful creatures with all my heart.It hurts so much to think how they were treated in the past.Shame on us humans????
Barbara H. says
The most wonderful thing about a blog – is that it always leaves me with
a big smile on my face realizing these amazing chimps are HAPPY and
“free to be so”. Thank you soooo much.