I believe we are past the days when we knew what to expect with each season. Rumor was we had a rough winter ahead of us here and while snow and cold temperatures made an earlier than we’ve been used to appearance, here we are in mid-January with what feels like early spring days! Now there’s still plenty of time to get a couple good blasts of winter. But today…the bluest of skies, the brightest of suns, was nothing short of wondrous for us all.
The seven began their day with breakfast in a warmed up greenhouse and Jody was particularly enamored with her grapefruit:
After breakfast the seven were anxious to take in the morning sun on Young’s Hill. It was still pretty chilly so most just poked their heads out and quickly turned back toward the greenhouse after a minute. You could see Foxie’s breath, but that didn’t stop her from sitting on her own and taking in this stunner of a morning:
When it warmed up later in the afternoon, Foxie decided it was time for an adventure and we headed off around the hill with the river, a silver ribbon of sunlight below:
She was taking this adventure very seriously, as she does:
Once we reached the top of the hill, some of the other chimpanzees realized what she was doing and even Jamie raced to catch up:
When Jamie, Annie and Missy caught up to us, Foxie decided to keep her adventure solo and took a brief detour to climb up Jamie’s Tower:
It wasn’t long before she was on her way again:
Missy raced with me across the top of the hill (with Foxie in the background):
Then decided to zoom over to meet Foxie:
Annie stopped to take in the incredible view and slowly made her way to bring up the rear:
On the other side, Mave (L) and Willy B (R) were beside themselves to be enjoying the warm day from the top of their chute, sprawled out next to one another, faces pressed toward the sun, where they stayed until dinner:
Miss Honey B sitting in her cozy nest at the bottom of the chute:
We usually close off the chute during dinner this time of year, but Mave, Willy B and Honey B weren’t ready for that and quickly took some of their dinner and raced back outside. Who could blame them? I can tell you the chimpanzees, humans and cattle alike, wanted to soak in every glorious second of this beautiful and much needed day of light and ease. It was a wondrous day. We hope yours was as well.