6th July, 2013
We held a Tanabata Star Festival for the chimpanzees at
the Kumamoto Sanctuary.
It was a hot and humid day just before the end of the
We replaced last year's bamboo in the chimpanzees' playground with fresh,
new bamboo, so that the chimpanzees can climb on and play with the bamboo.
Then, we decorated the bamboo with "Tanabata ornaments", made
from fruit and vegetables.
Believing that "the wish written on the first piece of bread to
be eaten by the chimpanzees will come true", we waited and watched
for the chimpanzees to appear. The Chimpanzees were really excited to
see the delicious food hanging from the bamboo. All of the chimpanzees
enjoyed the food immensely. The bread on which the wishes had been written
also diappeared into their mouthes. Whose wish will come true...?
Many thanks to all participants and the staff at Kumamoto
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