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Rainy days

Yesterday, Jamie received a package in the mail with new cowgirl boots from our long time supporters and friends, Don and Karen Young (for whom Young's Hill was named thanks to their generous contribution to making it possible). When we arrived at the sanctuary this morning, Jamie was watching us from the greenhouse and as soon as we got out of our cars she immediately gestured that she was ready for a walk with her new boots. I think that's something we can all relate to. A wonderful article, featuring the chimpanzees, was posted today on One Green Planet speaking to the many ways in which chimpanzees and humans are alike. And today at the sanctuary was another simple example of that. We are getting some much needed rain to the area and the chimpanzees and humans alike are kicking up their heels a bit more with the cooler temperatures. And although Jamie was ready and waiting for an early morning walk, due to intermittent thunder showers, we had to wait for the voltage on the electric fencing surrounding the chimpanzees' outdoor area to come up before we could give the chimps access to the hill. So just as we humans do when we are waiting for stormy weather to pass, Jamie reluctantly made a nest, holding fast to her new boots, and waited it out. web_jamie_young's_boots_nest_kd_IMG_2054 Finally, after lunch the voltage on the fence was high enough to give them access to Young's Hill. Jamie immediately had J.B. put on some boots and they set off for a perimeter walk. While Jamie and J.B. were busy walking, everyone else (well, except Negra who chose to take an after lunch nap) raced out onto the hill to enjoy the brief break in weather. Missy, being Missy, made several laps up and down, and back and forth, only stopping to occasionally check out the view: web_missy_stand_end_log_yh_jb_IMG_1215 But it wouldn't be long before she was off to race across the hill, or chase her friend, Annie, again: web_missy_race_down_log_bridge_jb_IMG_1221 Jody, marched out onto the hill with purpose, clearly on a mission. A mission to forage for a rather large piece of bamboo to bring back to enjoy in the comfort of her nest before the rain began again: web_jody_bipedal_bamboo_yh_jb_IMG_1232 web_jody_forage_bamboo_bidpedal_jb_IMG_1233 web_jody_forage_bamboo_jb_IMG_1240 Even Foxie felt adventurous and explored the platforms on her own. Well, not exactly on her own as she had Dora with her, of course. web_foxie_dora_platform_yh_jb_IMG_1211 web_foxie_mouth_open_sit_platform_jb_IMG_1246 While these moments captured seemingly simple joys for the chimpanzees that we as humans can relate to, there is no denying the countless ways in which chimpanzees experience the world and their lives just as we do. For me, I just consider us to be different cultures who still have distinctly similar thoughts, emotions, and desires. Who still want the same things in life. Just like all beings we share this planet with.

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