What It's Like To Meet A Chimp

What It’s Like To Meet A Chimp

One of the first things I noticed upon meeting the chimps for the first time was their intensely observant nature; especially that of CJ, Topo, and Patti. Their deep, dark eyes so clearly flit and fixate in a way that took me aback. It’s hard not to feel a special sort of connection while locking eyes with a chimp! Upon first meeting Topo I felt as though he really saw me – I imagined gears turning as he made an effort to understand and categorize me through his gaze and, within seconds, he shattered the human stereotype of animals as thoughtlessly primal creatures.

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Hakon, Intern