An Easter egg hunt for the IPPL gibbons
The Easter Bunny visited the IPPL gibbons this year. He left dozens of brightly colored hard-boiled eggs for our little apes. They were a huge hit!
Of course, Mr. Bunny had help from the IPPL animal caregivers. They came along with a wheelbarrow full of hay and over three dozen eggs. Meg distributed armloads of hay with eggs hidden in each “nest.” Cheri would then sprinkle peanuts and raisins in it for added foraging fun.
Our gibbons were enthralled by the eggs. Last year, we distributed hard-boiled eggs, too, but didn’t get around to dying them. They were popular, but not greeted with the same excitement as this year’s batch.
Some of our gibbons, like Michelle and Michael, would stretch out their arms toward the approaching wheelbarrow and shake their hands excitedly. Helen would hardly even let Meg put the hay into the enclosure in peace!
The dye was set with vinegar, and maybe that’s why many of our gibbons enjoyed licking the eggs for minutes at a time before cracking them open with their teeth.
And the gibbons really liked the hay, too tossing it around (like Courtney) or even nibbling on it (like Dianne). And when our staff tried to hose the hay away a couple of days later, some gibbons, like Robbie and Helen, kept trying to grab it back.
Not to be left out, our otters got some Easter eggs, too. Agape actually laid on top of her companion Satu’s blue egg while she finished her own. Then she ate his, too.
Agape may have taken assertiveness training from nearby Jade; Jade only let her mate Palu-Palu enjoy her leftover scraps!