Playing Chase With Topo

Playing Chase With Topo

Playing chase with the chimps is a fun way to interact with them safely. While Jackson outruns us quickly, playing chase with Topo tends to be a much slower affair. This week though, Topo seemed to be feeling particularly spry and enticed me into a game of chase with his signature play face. He caught my attention, smiled, and ran inside into the indoor enclosure. When I followed him inside, Topo stuck his hands out and wiggled his fingers as if to say “can’t catch me!” and raced through the tunnels faster than usual. I chased him to the other end and he laughed and raced back through the tunnel to the other side. Though Topo had a straight shot through the tunnels, I had to run all the way around other enclosures to get to the other end of the tunnel. Topo sat down and waited for me to get to the other end of the tunnel, then waited until I signified that I was ready by mimicking his panting laugh and he wiggled his fingers at me, got up and began running again. Back and forth we went, Topo laughing and smiling as he beat me to the end every time. As the game got really exciting, Topo put his head to the ground, looked between his legs and again stuck his hands out, wiggling his fingers before running off again. It was so great to see Topo with the energy of the younger chimps, looking so happy.

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Kaleigh, Social Media Editor