Jackson Learns Patience

Jackson Learns Patience

All caregivers take time to do behavioral training sessions with the chimps so that we can teach them to present body parts and participate in their own veterinary care. The chimps present “hand” and “foot” and “open” their mouths and allow us to look inside in exchange for treats. The chimps all enjoy this quality time and being handed high value treats. Today, while working with Jackson, he decided that instead of eating each reward after each behavior performed, he would instead save them all for the end. I clicked the behavior clicker to indicate that he had done what I wanted but instead of putting his lips up to the wire mesh for me to put a cashew into, he asked me to put it in a cup that he had brought over. Each time I tried to reward Jackson he put his paper cup up to the mesh to collect his mixed nuts. Concerned that another chimp might come over and try to steal the bounty Jackson had been collecting, I kept the training session short and when we were done Jackson was thrilled to have a cup full of mixed nuts at the end. It seems his patience paid off.

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Kaleigh R., Caregiver