October means Halloween and new masks for Tatu. She is particularly fond of translucent masks with make-up. I was very excited to find one of these masks at a local grocery store wearing Tatu’s favorite shade of lipstick, black. When I first showed Tatu the mask she signed BLACK LIPSTICK and puckered her lips to give the mask a kiss. I held the mask up to the caging and she immediately began trying to lick the lipstick off of the mask.
Tatu again signed BLACK LIPSTICK.
Trying to take pictures of the chimpanzees can be tricky. The caging often gets in the way and the pictures turn out blurry. I wanted to be sure I snapped a good picture of Tatu signing LIPSTICK so I asked her WHAT YOU WANT? Tatu started signing LIPSTICK again but then, recognizing this as an opportunity, quickly changed her answer.
I applied the black lipstick and she quickly licked it off of her lips. She signed THAT MASK. I passed her new mask to her through the caging. She put the mask on and carried it with her for the rest of the day.