It seems Burrito was unable to eat all of the snow in his two-acre enclosure yesterday so today he and the gang were back at it.
Burrito sampled the snow at various locations but decided to return to the same platform where he and Foxie shared a snack yesterday. And again, he patiently waited his turn until Foxie had her fill.
Missy took a brief moment to spy on her neighbors and the ongoing construction before scaling a climbing structure in search of the white stuff.
People often ask us if we ever put sugar or fruit on top of snow for the chimps. We certainly have, but the chimps seem to really enjoy – and maybe even prefer – snow all by itself. As caregivers, we are always trying to balance keeping the chimps enriched with keeping them healthy. And one of the few things squarely in the center of that Venn diagram is a zero-calorie snack that falls from the sky and keeps the chimps entertained for hours each day.
I only wish I enjoyed it as much as they do.
Meg Lunnum says
I remember photos from when the chimps first experienced snow. They were so amazed and cautious at the same time!
They totally remind me of when you are a kid and you just can’t wait for snow !
I used to have a dog that loved snow so much, and then when he died, it just lost its magic for me, in fact it kind of made me mad when it snowed, because he wasn’t around to enjoy it anymore.
But Burrito and the gang have made me love snow again, the looks on their faces,
I can tell they’re so happy. 🙂
Wendy Leyden says
Love to see the chimps enjoying their snow snacks! Great photos! Thanks for sharing them!
It has to be an amazing taste to them, something they weren’t used to before they came to the sanctuary. It’s so great to see them enjoy it.
It seems like most communities have their own version of the “oh SO nosy” neighbor, who hopefully, are (mostly harmless), little ole, lonely ladies craving a little secretive adventure…HaHa…
Adorable Missy must be CSN’s self-appointed “window peeper,” but I bet she has some of the very best “stories” to entertain all her friends with, (in the evenings), when it’s usually a bit quiet as everybody is building their warm & cosy nests for the night…
BTW…Bubba & friends…Watch out for those painful brain freezes which can be greatly reduced by rolling the tip of your warm tongue all across the roof of your mouthes…
If I could find a remotely clean patch of snow I’d go eat my own handful in honor of these great chimp people. Next time it snows a bunch I will.. and I will have that same content look on my face.. but it will be because I honor them.. not because it is as delicious as they think it is. 🙂
Great photos J.B.. In the first photo Burrito looks like Elmer Fudd, sneaking up on the snow on his tippy toes…. “Be ver-wee ver-wee quite, I’m hunting snow snacks.” But seriously, Burrito looks absolutely terrific in todays and yesterdays photos, and it does my heart good to see him looking like his old (or new?!) self. “Missy spying on her neighbors” is such a sweet photo. And I do believe I see some white hairs on her forever-youthful face. I giggled at the first photo of Annie and Missy, you can oftentimes spot Annie by the bed-head-hairdo on the back top of her head. And to the person who asked about the chimps getting freeze brain yesterday… I’d say from the look on Annie’s face in the last photo the answer is “YES!”. Ha haaa, you captured a great expression in that blink of an eye.
Arlene and Michael says
Love to see them enjoying themselves.
Linda C says
Lol, “that’s it! Everybody pack up! This sanctuary is moving someplace warmer!”