Chimp-and-sack

I find the troupe of chimps at the small zoo near my house fascinating – their beautiful faces, their mostly affectionate but sometimes stroppy interactions, their energy and interest in whatever is happening around them.  Playing in the sunshine on a rare perfect mid-winter day, this youngling found much entertainment in a piece of sacking. All that could be done with it in terms of wrapping up and waving around (scattering clouds of straw bedding) was explored, with occasionally stops to stare intently at an edge or some detail of texture.

Sitting on the next tier of rock down from the little one playing with the sack, this older chimp seemed remarkably tolerant of the slow rain of floating straw from above.

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This Old Chimp

The small zoo near my house is a pleasant place to walk.   I’ve been intrigued by the chimpanzees since I was a small child, and it was this senior citizen who caught my eye today.
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