Fun with Exercise Balls

Fun with Exercise Balls

Two giant exercise balls were recently donated to the chimps. After putting them in the Big Outdoors enclosure, we all gathered around with cameras ready, excited to see what the chimps would do with them. To our disappointment, however, they barely acknowledged the giant, colorful bouncy balls, and instead focused their energy on foraging for the fresh produce scattered throughout the enclosure.

But we were not deterred! Determined to see the chimps enjoy such a fun enrichment donation, we drizzled sugar-free jelly on the balls and returned them to the enclosure the next day. Again to our disappointment, the chimps paid the balls little mind. However, just as we were about to give up and get back to work, we noticed Emma glance casually at the giant yellow ball as she walked past it, and then stop and turn back to inspect the purple jelly smeared all over it. She let out a little grunt of surprise and immediately began to lick the jelly off of the ball. Patti, always close behind when a yummy treat is discovered, made a beeline for the biggest of the bouncy balls, and awkwardly attempted to carry it to a more secluded corner, but eventually gave up and began licking every inch of the ball, determined to get every last drop.

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