Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Diverting Back to Bruno and Eloise

Bruno's Back!

Ms Eloise

As with all my blogging, please note that what I have written below comes from my observations and public articles I've read or viewed, and not from the LA Zoo itself. My blogs are not affiliated with the Los Angeles Zoo. I am not an expert, only a quiet observer, and reader on great apes. LA Zoo is near my residence and has been a convenient and wonderful place for me to observe these wonderful creatures. I began observing them when I started walking at the LA Zoo for my health. (The zoo's beauty and life kept me motivated to keep walking.) The great apes grabbed my attention, and so I began researching outside articles and videos as I continued to observe these incredible animals. Thus, my blogs.

Since I'm struggling getting a good picture of Nan, the next chimp I'll blog about, and since, Bruno and Eloise really made an impression on me yesterday, I just have to blog about them today....

As I watched the two of them at the observation window yesterday, a couple with their two beautiful Newfoundland service dogs came to watch them as well. Bruno was sitting near a family when the couple with their dogs arrived. Knowing that other animals don't always enjoy the company of dogs, the couple cautiously approached. When the man felt it was safe, he slowly approached the window with the male dog. Immediately, an intrigued Bruno moved toward the dog ... in a friendly manner ... with his hands and face against the window. The dog was a little nervous, but calmed down quickly and relaxed easily beside Bruno. Bruno sat there as if making a new friend, and pressed his lips to the window several times. Then, after some time, the owner gave the male dog to his lady partner, and brought the female dog carefully to the window. The female was a bit more nervous, and whimpered a bit. At her whimpering, Bruno gently punched (yes ... gently) the window and looked at her as if to say, "See, it's ok ... I can't hurt you." I realize the words gently and punched don't normally belong together, but it is the best way I can think to describe his sweet action. For, he was calm and seemingly loving about it. The female dog calmed down almost right away. Then, the two of them sat together for awhile.

As the shade left, and the sun beat down upon Bruno, he finally retreated back to the shade where Eloise was sitting at the other end of the exhibit. Eloise, then, rolled quickly to see the dogs at the window. (Remember, Eloise has Cerebral Palsy, Mental Disabilities, and arthritis.) But, as any female orangutan, she was much more cautious. She sat at a distance, watched, and made many noises at them. She "zerbitsed," spit, gurgled, and groaned ... but the dogs just laid there. After awhile, she came closer and did the same. She was quite funny to watch, but acting as a wild female orangutan would ... cautiously! Then, one of the dogs moved closer. She, even with her disabilities, moved quickly away, but stopped and looked back, and began the noises again. It was obvious she was curious and wanted to see what would happen, but she was still careful.

As Eloise made her statements, Bruno watched contently from the shade. Often, when Eloise or one of the other females is getting a lot of attention from someone, Bruno will come between the female and the adoring fan. Sometimes he'll put his hand on top of Eloise's head or around her as if to say, "This is my girl." Or, sometimes, he just seems to want her fans to adore his handsome self. But, since Eloise didn't seem to be soaking up the attention as usual, Bruno seemed to enjoy her entertaining gestures.

After a while, the owners and dogs left, Eloise quickly followed them around the exhibit until they were out of site. At the other side of the exhibit, Eloise built up a human fan base. She enjoyed the attention from the humans. That's when Bruno stepped in. He moved over and sat right in front of her ... between Eloise and the visitors adoring her. When their adoration directed toward him, he was happy, and moved against the netting to hear their wonderful remarks about his handsome being. Awww... Bruno.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Gracie

Timid (Not really)

As with all my blogging, please note that what I have written below comes from my observations and public articles I've read or viewed, and not from the LA Zoo itself. My blogs are not affiliated with the Los Angeles Zoo. I am not an expert, only a quiet observer, and reader on great apes. LA Zoo is near my residence and has been a convenient and wonderful place for me to observe these wonderful creatures. I began observing them when I started walking at the LA Zoo for my health. (The zoo's beauty and life kept me motivated to keep walking.) The great apes grabbed my attention, and so I began researching outside articles and videos as I continued to observe these incredible animals. Thus, my blogs.

Gracie
, once called the “Wild One,” was born January 26, 1987, at Los Angeles Zoo to Pandora and Judeo. She was mother to Jean by Shaun, and is sister to Jerrard, Ripley and Regina. She was also once known as an "escape" artist because she got out of her exhibit up to 8 times according to some articles, though she never was really trying to "escape." She only really did it for a puzzle to solve and a little adventure, but always returned happily to her own territory. One of these escapades on Jan 19, 2004 caused the evacuation of 9000 visitors, it was her 5th caper since arriving at zoo. She was very precocious and always getting into mischief. One time, she even threw an exit sign at veterinary.

As she grew older, and was "put in her place" by the dominant males, Gracie became much more content to watch, and interact with her other tribe members. Now, she can usually be seen observing, grooming other members, or socializing with her mom or sister.

Though she is a very pretty chimpanzee, I only have a couple of pictures of her because she is normally amid other group members. She has short hair on her head, and beautiful brown eyes. Her sweet look tells nothing of her former mischievous days.

Gracie with Shaun:
Gracie and Shaun

Gracie with Shaun through the morning fog:
Through the Fog and the Glass

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Regina

After Lunch

As with all my blogging, please note that what I have written below comes from my observations and public articles I've read or viewed, and not from the LA Zoo itself. My blogs are not affiliated with the Los Angeles Zoo. I am not an expert, only a quiet observer, and reader on great apes. LA Zoo is near my residence and has been a convenient and wonderful place for me to observe these wonderful creatures. I began observing them when I started walking at the LA Zoo for my health. (The zoo's beauty and life kept me motivated to keep walking.) The great apes grabbed my attention, and so I began researching outside articles and videos as I continued to observe these incredible animals. Thus, my blogs.

Regina was born October 23, 1983, to Pandora at the Los Angeles Zoo. She is the oldest sister to brothers Jerrard and Ripley, and sister Gracie. Regina is mother to Yoshiko by Judeo, and to Jake by Shaun. According the zoo’s bio, she was a very young mother, and had an unstructured style of mothering, and so her offspring were very independent. Regina is bald on top, and can be quite the goof-ball.

Regina is not the brightest of the bunch, but can be very sweet. When her brothers compete with Shaun and Glenn for dominance, Regina can usually be found hiding from them on a rock ledge ... screaming as loud as she can. And, she often walks around with her top lip flipped up ... really looking goofy. Sometimes chimps do this if they are excited or stressed. She becomes both quite easily.

She seems to be quite family oriented as she spends a lot of time with her adult daughter Yoshi, her mother Pandora, and her brother Jerrard. (Ripley is usually too worried about how he can become alpha.)

Regina looking at me as if asking, "Can you get me more fruit?!"
Can You Get Me Some Fruit?!

Regina's turn for more fruit (she's in background)
Regina's Turn!

Regina likes her fruit (background with orange):
How 'Bout Me?!

Apparently, Regina likes cucumbers, too:
A Couple Handfuls

Regina plays "see"-food:
Regina Plays "'See'Food"

Regina, the goofball, walking around with her upper lip flipped up:
The Goofball

Regina on a tree branch:
It Isn't "Monkey" - Business ...

Regina with daughter Yoshi:
Regina and daughter Yoshi

Regina with brother Jerrard:
Jerrard and Regina

Regina taking a walk:
About Their Daily Business

Regina watching the crowd:
Watching the Crowd

Regina relaxing:
Relaxing