A Greeting From A Noble Ape

A Greeting From A Noble Ape

I was especially eager to come to Chimps Inc. this summer, as the zoos I grew up with lacked chimpanzee exhibits. As I pulled up to the sanctuary, only a few short days ago, Topo, the alpha chimp, loomed over the parking lot from the sky bridge. He was incredibly intimidating at such a great height, a dark muscular figure. I parked, got out of my car and by the time I turned around to get a better look, Topo had had enough, swung around and was wandering back through the tunnel. He seemed unphased by my presence, but what he will never know is how he changed my life. My first look at chimpanzee was not as I expected, but I will always have the image of with me forever, a silent shadowy greeting from a noble ape.

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Chloe C., Intern