Sister, Sister!

Sister, Sister!

I think I can speak for most interns and volunteers when I say that feeding chow biscuits is the favorite part of our day. It gives you a chance to interact closely with the chimps, plus, being seen as a source of food definitely has its perks. One day, Thiele had hurt her wrist – it was quite swollen, and she wasn’t putting any weight on it. So when it was her turn to take chow, she didn’t swing across the enclosure like she usually does. Instead, she stretched all the way across the cage and used her long lips to grasp the biscuits, all the time balancing with just her feet.

The next day, her wrist still hadn’t healed, and she didn’t show any interest in getting up to take chow. I moved on to Patti, and of course she came over right away and took her chow like a pro. By the time Patti was finished, Thiele had taken over Patti’s nest, and was in no hurry to give it back. Biscuits still in her mouth and hands, Patti tried shoving Thiele off the bench, but she was no match for Thiele’s strength or stubbornness. Finally, Patti straddled her sister and let out a grunt. This must have convinced Thiele, because she sat up suddenly. For the next twenty minutes, the two sat side by side and shared the chow Patti had managed to hold on to during the struggle. This was followed by a very vocal grooming session and a nap in the sunshine. That’s what sisters are for, right?

Megan, Intern