Readying for winter

December 11th, 2017 by Katelyn

We are continuing to luck out with dry winter weather so far, but that doesn’t mean it’s warm. We have a wind chill in the low twenties today so the chimps have been going from nesting to grooming to playing like wild indoors for most of the day.

Burrito took a brief respite as he waited for a human friend to resume their rambunctious game of chase:

After building up to it all day, Jamie decided to take a run, I mean a RUN, around the hill and everyone except Foxie and Negra decided to join in! Everyone was running every which way in the cold, hair standing on end, and then quickly scurried back to the chimp house for some warm tea.

After tea service, Jamie requested the remaining tea and the entire jug. Naturally. It didn’t take her long to realize it was going to be too awkward to inch the jug up the caging to drink so she decided to use a plastic tube as a giant straw:

With a belly of warm tea, Foxie decided to curl up on the heated floor with her many dolls du jour for a nap:

The Queen also partook of the tea service and then returned to her nest wrapped up and cozy with a “Do Not Disturb Until Dinner” aura about her:

The chimps aren’t the only ones getting ready for winter. Walking the property earlier today I ran into several of our deer neighbors. They are so beautiful in all their winter finery and it’s really good to see them heading into winter in great shape. We are so fortunate to share this property with some of the same mamas year after year and get to see their children grow over the course of the seasons. Last spring I was able to capture one of our neighborhood mamas with one of her newborn twins:

And here they are today:

8 Responses to “Readying for winter”

  1. Tobin says:

    Negra, nestled as a baby in a blanket. What a beatific sight.

  2. Jo Lathrop says:

    Beautiful post and thank you soooooooo much for it!! Hugs and love to you all….

  3. Kathleen says:

    Oh Mr. B! You are the definition of Adorable! Did Jamie actually suck up that tea with that enormous straw? Talk about hyperventilating! 😁 The contrast between the photos of Foxie and Negra as they rest is very interesting. Ahhh, the freedom to do exactly as you choose. Something you just can’t take for granted. I can honestly feel how cozy Negra is! Thank you CSNW for giving each of the chimps peaceful, cozy resting places.

    The photos of the deer are lovely too. I am surprised how their winter coats blend so perfectly with their surroundings. I am embarrassed to say I’ve never noticed if the deer where I live do the same but I rarely see them in daylight. We only have our encounters at night when I am in the yard with my dog and my flashlight.

  4. elaine reininger says:

    The straw sipping photo made me laugh and the photos of the beautiful deer was an added bonus to this mornings post. The pictures of Burito are of portrait quality–So much to love about this post Katelyn, thanks so much. And I never get tired o sleeping and nesting photos They warm my heart

  5. Donna Oleksiuk says:

    Lovely post filled with so many hear-warming little stories. Sending lots and lots of love to you all at CSNW from Vancouver, B.C. Thank you for making my days brighter ! 😀

  6. Francoise Vulpe says:

    Beautiful post. It gave me a real sense of the day. I love that they are healthy and happy enough to go outside for a jog, enthusiastic about life despite the cold weather, and free to go outside if they want to. And the Jamie Straw. That is hilarious. And yes, the deer. Here in the city, Toronto, I rarely see wildlife other than raccoons and squirrels :o) although there are deer living in the ravine areas along the river. You are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful natural setting and to share it with the chimps.

  7. Pauline says:

    Such beautiful photos thank you very much

  8. Arlene and Michael says:

    High tea with the chimps. I love it. Beautiful pictures. How wonderful to see the deer lat spring and today.

    thank you♥

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