Fun with the Hose

Fun with the Hose

Patti got my attention the other day by making loud raspberries as I walked past. As I walked over to her, she let me know she was thirsty by signing “drink” in ASL.  (To make this sign, form a horizontal “C” shape with your hand and bring it to your mouth in a small arc.)  “Patti, you have plenty to drink,” I said to her, pointing out the many water bottles scattered around the enclosure. However, she continued signing “drink” again and again, and began pointing to the hose behind me. I laughed and turned on the hose, holding it so the water poured into the enclosure at an angle for Patti to drink from. She took a few gulps and immediately grimaced as the water splashed her face, and then motioned for me to hand it to her. Normally I wouldn’t give a hose to the chimps because they would destroy it faster than you could say, “darn, that was a bad idea,” but Patti is perhaps the most reasonable and convincing chimp at the sanctuary so after a few moments of consideration, I shrugged and handed her the hose. She pulled it in a few feet and then settled herself on a rock, taking big gulps of the cool water as she relaxed in the shade. After about 10 minutes, Patti wiped her mouth and walked away, satiated and content. Unfortunately for me, Emma, who had been waiting on the bench above Patti, immediately swooped down and grabbed the hose before I could pull it back out. Emma loves to water her “garden” so she spent the next 15 minutes in ecstasy flooding the enclosure before she finally agreed to give the hose back to me. Part of me felt guilty for wasting water but it was worth it to see Patti and Emma enjoy themselves so thoroughly.

Rachel, Senior Caregiver

Emma hose