Today, electricians continued their work connecting the existing building to the new area of the expansion! This meant there was a lot of human activity in the Chimp House. Similar to last week, the chimpanzees were extremely patient while parts of their enclosures were closed off to ensure the safety of both chimpanzee and human.
As the electricians worked and caregivers spent a majority of the day processing all the amazing Christmas gifts everybody donated from our Amazon Wishlist (sidenote: thank you all so much! There is a lot for us to process!), there was a lot of grooming going on with the chimpanzees. The few times I tried to get some photos of the massive grooming party happening nearly all day with the Group of Seven, Burrito halted every chance. Playtime is more important than photo time to Burrito.
However, I was able to capture a few photos of the Group of Three sporadically throughout the day.
Then there is Mave!
Mave is generally low key. As Katelyn described yesterday, Mave can be laying down one second, then be more than a foot in the air the next. Sometimes I feel she can put Tigger to shame with her jumps and bounces. Though Mave can be very playful with human caregivers when she wants to, sometimes she just likes the quiet company. Unlike Honey B and Willy B who want to play chase, groom boots, play poke, or watch what ever screen a human has, be it a television or smartphone, Mave generally just likes the humans to sit there quietly with her. As we sit with her, she usually grooms herself or lays there drifting off in to Dreamland. If we attempt to leave, she will jump up in the air in a flash. Though sometimes we mistake this for her now wanting to play, she will immediately resume her prior activity of self-grooming or setting sail to Zzz-Town. When Mave is ready, she will let us know if it’s play time, or if we can go. The former is usually accompanied with laughter and her fingers extended toward us to play poke. The latter is usually just no objection to us getting up and continuing to work.
Here are some photos she allowed me to take of her as I sat with her today.
As also mentioned yesterday, we just never know when she’s going to do it or who she’s going to direct this invitation toward. I can’t speak for the other caregivers, but I am certain they are like me in cherishing these quiet moments with the Marvelous Mave.