I think it is time to celebrate something. This morning started off like any other. Jamie’s group went out onto Young’s Hill, including Negra! It was the perfect morning to forage for grass and feel the warm sunshine.
However, later in the afternoon we closed off Young’s Hill because… Rayne’s group went out on the the Bray for the first time!!!!!! I don’t think any of us expected this group to explore so much the first time, it was amazing to watch.
Rayne walked out onto the Bray, not a hair was pilo, like she had always belonged there. It was really magical to watch her be so confident walking out into the unknown, she was truly at ease.
Terry explored so much!
Willy B surprised us! He never really explored much when he was in the the old courtyard, but today he explored everything, even the top of Esher.
There is so much more we want to share, but it will have to wait until tomorrow! All I want to say is that we are so proud of them, not everyone went out, it will still take some time for them to get comfortable, but today for all of us staff this felt sooo good!
We will be splitting Hill time between the two groups until Rayne’s group becomes more comfort and secure on the Bray, but we have started the process!
Bonus photos of Foxie:
That is great news!
I wonder if they have been watching the 7 and have learnt from them – that they will be safe in the Bray. And have probably seem the food bounty the 7 find out there and want a piece of that action!!
I’m so happy ……I waited for this ……what a Blessing……… the exercise, the fresh air…… I think you’ll find less arguments…… they’ll be to tired to split hairs:grin:…… before long they’ll have all the girls out…… almond cakes, fruits , nuts and vegetables …..stick them all out there and let’s Celebrate :sunflower::tulip::rose::heartpulse::balloon::balloon::balloon:…. what a gift to both sides of the fenceby
Oh my it’s miraculous…. a heart emoji actually took:open_mouth:…. Oh my I’m sensing positive vibes
well bugger! didnt work
Lately, I have had that problem every time with the faces
yes!!! oh I wish we could post animations as I have a cartoon me jumping up and down in excitement. please tell me a video is being compiled!? oh gosh Im just so happy for them. and… Go Willy! I’m so proud of you!
Very exciting!! Can’t wait to see more pictures. The world keeps turning…
Wait!! What?! I didn’t see this one coming. Not this soon. Wow! This is big and wonderful news. Thanks for sharing the event and the accompanying photos. So proud of Rayne, Terry, and especially my boy Willy B. It looked like a magnificent “Negra Certified” springtime day too.
So just how good did this adventure make you feel? :star_struck:Congratulations!
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Susan Kathleen Feeley says
Beautiful photos of the chimps enjoying their day with the sun shining on their faces . Yes, life goes on for all of you while holding sweet Jody in all of our hearts. I’m sending you love and hugs and happiness.
Linda C says
Kelsi, this good news comes at the perfect time!
Was Willy B first out the door?!
Must be like the 7….they’d seen the construction, they’d felt the air, they knew it was for them.
Can’t wait for video!
Rosalie Allen says
Hurrah!!! What joyous news-tears to my eyes-amazement and excitement to my heart! Have been hoping for the opportunity for all to enjoy the freedom of the Hill and the Bray and looks like the exploring has begun. Can’t wait to see their progress unfold!!!!
Nancy Duryea says
Yay!! It was quite a happy surprise seeing at least some of the kids in the Bray. I was shocked to find that Willy B was one of them. I’m so anxious to see more video and find out what Honey B thinks of it all, if she ventures out!
Great news. I’m so happy for the Lucky 7, can’t wait to learn more details. Was there alot of cheering and grunting going on? And way to go Willy B, you got this.
Hooraaaayyy! Such exciting, happy news!
Willie B is King of the Esher!:hugging: He’s the Apha male :muscle:He always knew he could be! Soooo happy that Terry joined in….. we know how excited Terry gets …..so maybe the girls thought it best to stay in. I’m sure They’ll come out another day…… Dora is the key….. if she comes out the rest will follow:blush:SWEET NEGGIE. …i just LOVE YOU:heartpulse::heartpulse::heartpulse::heartpulse:
John O'Brien says
Well done, Rayne and your group. I’m proud of all of you, going out onto the Bray. As for Foxie, her eyes are so penetrating.
What wonderful uplifting news…..so badly needed. I love seeing Negra enjoying her time outdoors and just sitting and taking in the views, sunshine and her favourite snack…..J.B’s equation the other day was hilarious, but I’m sure Jody’s passing affected her and Burrito so much. And now….wow! I often watch Willy B’s first attempts at going outside…..the temptation of the food was just too great, but scampering back to the safety of being near the door as soon as he’d grabbed something. His new found confidence is awesome, and this time he must have actually stepped on grass?? I have no doubt that the others will soon follow and realize their new freedom at last.
Linda C says
But I also remember that he’s the only one ever to take a nap outside!
I’m also curious to hear anout their relationship with grass these days! :slight_smile::heartpulse:
Debbie OBrien says
I was thinking about the grass also. Exciting he was so brave!
Thank each and every one of you for helping to make days like this possible.
Keith Dawson says
Great that they are finally out on the Bray. The team has put a lot of time and effort into it for them. Well done all of you.
You can now sit back and watch the chimps enjoy their new big world!
Looking fwd to watcing video of the 9 out and about.
What a huge surprise!!!
Rayne first out the door; wonderful news. That Willy B. has become quite the explorer hasn’t he?
Looking forward to the images.
And our dearest Negra; just sitting in the tall grass being Buddha.
Life is good!!
WOWZERS!!! Been waitng to hear about this day for so long and I am so happy its here!!! way to go Rayne for being the little explorer you are!!! Yay for Terry and Willy too!!! Makes me so happy!!! I had a feeling they might be more adventursome… ehhum, lets just say not the first time they were out exploring!!! They had an unsanctioned adventure at WWS!! :flushed: Anyway, thank you for the update and I look forward to hearing more!! Im happy for all of the caregivers too because Im sure with your heavy hearts this was a much needed release of joy!
Linda C says
OK, Deanna, I think I dpeak for AT LEAST 1/2 of the blog readers when I say we NEED to hear about this adventure! Please!
Jenny Wilson says
Linda Shuger says
So do you think Negra was outside because maybe thats where Jody disappeared too? maybr in her mind. what do you think Negra feels being the oldest there.:broken_heart:
That Foxie is sure a pretty girl! ?
Oh, my heart be still!! I’m so thrilled about this news of the new group having access to the outdoors now! And I remember that Willy B wouldn’t even walk on the grass in the enclosure when he, Honey B & Mave first arrived but did venture once out onto one of the structures briefly. This is really very exciting and bodes so well for all sorts of new adventures they’ll have once the others decide that outdoors is fabulous. And I love seeing Neggie sitting on the cool grass surveying her territory with such a calm expression. Thanks to the staff for deciding that now is the right time for new adventures for the new group, and for us out here in blogland as well! I look forward to seeing Mave sitting outdoors in her Buddha pose and eyes closed with the breeze wafting around her!!
Paul Cavanaugh says
i’m trying to see that lufe end, begins ends …still having a difficult with endings
This was just so wonderful to watch. Thank you!
Arlene and Michael says
This is such uplifting news! So happy for the Chimps and all of you. Thank you for giving them these opportunities!!!