Peanut Forage for the Chimps

Peanut Forage for the Chimps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the past week, the weather here in Bend has warmed up to more typical temperatures for this time of year, and the chimps have been able to spend more time outside. It has been great to see them stretch their legs and use all the energy they were saving up for three days indoors. The other day, we had a peanut toss in the Big Outdoors enclosure – we threw nuts over and along the fence line. Emma wasn’t interested in coming down from the tunnels, so we tossed them directly up to her. She can get away with a lot, being that cute! The other chimps foraged through straw and used their long, dexterous fingers to pull the peanuts through the fence and to their mouths. Some nuts landed just out of reach, but clever Jackson used a stick to drag them closer. After a few minutes, he found a bigger, sturdier stick, also out of reach. So he used his tool to acquire a better tool, and quickly collected all the treats around. After a while, the kids became distracted, but Patti sat close to the fence, signing “more” and “please” until the peanuts were gone. This was by far the most fun I’ve had interacting with the chimps since I arrived at the sanctuary. It was amazing, not only to see them happier than they had been in weeks, but to see them making and using tools. I think we’re all looking forward to more warm, sunny days this fall.

Megan, Intern