Sharing is Caring

Sharing is Caring

Yesterday, we celebrated female chimp, CJ’s 16th birthday. What a lovely day of sun, warmth, and colorful gifts for the chimps to enjoy. So many colorful bags filled with special toys and treats, unique to the personalities of each chimp.

Occasionally, the chimps exhibit behaviors that we might see in children. At birthday parties, everyone gets excited for what the other may receive. A birthday party for chimpanzees makes a perfect time for such observations. When CJ received her birthday bag, Emma rushed by her to see and share the joy from what gifts were inside. Both are good friends, and so, CJ didn’t mind. Sounds of excitement were shared while both took turns pulling fancy materials from the bag. With a calm demeanor and the utmost curiosity, they examined each item together. For the human observers, those sort of moments are quite touching.  ~Shayla Scott, Senior Caregiver