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In just under a month, I'll be celebrating my 32nd birthday! It seems like just yesterday I was making the journey to Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest to celebrate my 30th birthday, volunteering alongside the staff, and giving something back to The Cle Elum Seven. It's no secret these incredible chimps have stolen my heart and soul. They are practically all I can talk about! Let's just say Negra, Jody, Foxie, Annie, Jamie, Missy, and Burrito are practically on par with my Bovines these days. I have no shame in chatting up anyone about these incredible souls.
When I was visiting for my 30th birthday, finishing touches were still being done to Young's Hill. I still can not view the video of them going outside for the first time without crying. If you haven't seen the video, please do so. You're heart with thank me.
This was a huge year for The Cle Elum Seven. Not only was this their five year anniversary in sanctuary, but it was Queen Negra's 40th Birthday! Can you believe she lived in a tiny cage in a laboratory for 35 years. That's longer than I have been alive. With all the trials and challenges that we humans face in our lives, I can't imagine how Negra survived all those years living in what is essentially prison for a crime she never committed. I encourage those of you who are unaware of the plight of captive and free-living chimps to learn more about what you can do to help. Or ask me! I'll be happy to direct you to research and knowledge on these issues.
Many of you are aware that my little sister Amanda and I share the same birthday, four years apart! What you probably don't know is that Foxie and Missy share August birthdays with me! Foxie was born on August 8th, and Missy celebrates her honorary birthday (meaning her actual birthday is sadly unknown) on August 23rd! So I thought this year it would be really fun to celebrate with two of the most fun girls I know!
If you know anything about the chimps at CSNW, you know that Foxie is in love with a few things.. Troll Dolls, Dora the Explorer, and playing with her caregivers! (Protected play only, the caregivers do not interact inside the enclosures, only outside without intruding upon the chimps) And MIssy, she's in love with life and loves to RUN! Missy is always running somewhere! I think Foxie is pretty silly and delightful.. and when I think of Missy the song 'Girls just Wanna have Fun' comes to mind.
They are both such delightful ladies and I encourage you to read the blog and get to know them better.http://www.chimpsanctuarynw.org/blog/
I love birthdays. It's no secret. My sister Amanda and I celebrate our half birthdays for fun, and I celebrate animal birthdays as much as I can. So what better way to really make this birthday special than to share it with two girls I love very much!
I'd love to be able to donate some mad money for the girls, and even a little extra for the other sanctuary residents. Those troll dolls and peanuts (Negra's favorite) don't buy themselves! If you would like to donate an item from the wish list, here is that link!
Otherwise, skip those vegan donuts you were planning on getting tomorrow and send that cash to the chimps instead! If I can't work for Boss Lady Jamie professionally, you best believe I'm still going to work for them in any way I can!
With loads of love to all of you, Molly