Morning solitude

February 12th, 2018 by Katelyn

We continue to experience what feels like spring, just a much a colder version. There are moments when, much to my delight, I think it’s autumn. Despite this morning being in the low twenties, the hillsides are greening up, vines are sprouting, garden plans are swimming in our heads, and the trills of the red-winged black birds have been dipping and swirling across the pond and into the fields as they reclaim their place in this corner of the world. And it’s all happening at least a couple months early. But neither chimpanzees nor humans are complaining.

When I opened the hill up this morning the chimps marched out with purpose, each seemingly with the intent to find their own spot of sun and solitude.

Annie was the first one out:

Foxie, her Strawberry Shortcake dolls, Jody and Burrito headed up the hill together:

Foxie peeled off from the group with her dolls to head in another direction:

Missy took her chow from breakfast and raced past everyone to enjoy some privacy on a structure. But it wasn’t long before Foxie decided to join her (though I think she invited herself):

You can spot one of Foxie’s dolls on the post above her. Foxie often likes to put her dolls in precarious positions and then rescue them:

Foxie eventually decided to climb higher and join Missy:

Missy didn’t seem ready to give up her solitude as she quickly relocated:

Jamie was busy inside preparing for a walk around the hill, but to my surprise even Negra ventured out with her pine tree snack to enjoy the sun for a few moments. I love that the chimpanzees can each find solitude within whole, a space to be with one another, but apart, knowing they have each other to return to as soon as they’re ready.

8 Responses to “Morning solitude”

  1. Tobin says:

    Seeing these photographs inspires within me this paraphrase: “Consider the Chimpanzees in the field: they toileth not, neither do they spin; yet verily I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed as one of these.”

  2. Jo Lathrop says:

    Thank you, Katelyn for the special pix and beautiful commentary ~ you are all so special and loved!! Hugs to you all…..

  3. Kathleen says:

    I remember a old blog post from year five of sanctuary where one of the caregivers wrote “…..alot can happen if we just give them a chance”. Look at them today! Annie leading the charge out to Young’s Hill and even Negra out and about on a crisp morning. Indeed, a lot CAN happen and it did. Can never thank you all enough.

    Looks like a gorgeous morning. The big, beautiful photo of Missy looking up to the sky made me gasp with delight. I know I have seen photos of Jody enjoying pine branches but I’d like to ask what parts do they eat? Or do they just chew for the pine sweetness and make a big wadge out branch and needles?

  4. Gabi Ford says:

    Just spent 10 minutes re-reading the peaceful commentary and looking at the pictures. It’s a wonderful part of my evening…..checking on the gang. 🙂

  5. Francoise Vulpe says:

    There’s double dipping. And there’s double dolling. I much prefer the latter. What a character Foxie is! Thank you for a lovely post to the start the day. The chimps have grown so much just in the two years I’ve been following them. I cannot imagine the changes since they first came.

  6. Merle says:

    These images were a joy to behold and helped ease the stink of having 72 hours of non-stop snow that did not end until Monday morning.

  7. Sharon says:

    Enjoy their morning ventures with the good weather we are having. Love all their personalities….they are all so special……thanks for sharing these special moments.

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