Emma and the Broken Laptop

Emma and the Broken Laptop

One way to keep Emma occupied is by giving her a laptop computer. Not to worry though, this laptop stopped working long ago. Despite its’ lack of power and empty screen, Emma is enjoying this foreign object anyhow. Since retrieving it this morning, it has went everywhere with her. Tucked under her arms, she’s carried it indoors, outdoors, through the tunnels and far up in the tower. The beauty this type of enrichment is that it is novel. Because we don’t give the chimps laptop computers very often, this allows for even more excitement when one appears in their enclosed habitat. I was fortunate enough to catch her on video, using paper towels to clean the finger prints off the screen. The video didn’t capture her using saliva to dampen the screen before applying the paper towel. Such good thinking on her behalf. ~Shayla Scott, Senior Caregiver