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Chimps With Darkest Pasts Light Up When They See Snow

<p> <a href="http://www.chimpsanctuarynw.org/blog/2015/11/first-snow-day/" target="_blank">Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest</a> </p>

The weather has turned frigid in the Pacific Northwest, and the rescued chimps at a sanctuary there, like everyone else in the region, are snuggling in and staying warm.

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But people at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest didn't want their sweet residents to miss out on one of life's particular joys: the first snows of the year.

So caretakers brought the snow to them.

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"We all woke up to a couple inches of snow this morning and while the chimpanzees were not interested in going outside today," the sanctuary blogged on Tuesday, "they were interested in eating the snow!"

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Foxie, a retired lab chimp who declined to collect her own snow, decided to have a person do it for her. She "sat at the window blowing raspberries with gusto" until a caretaker came hauling a bucket of the fluffy white snow.

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Some chimps relished in playing with the crystallized fistfuls of snow, while others simply enjoyed the cool and refreshing snack.

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"What a kick!" one person commented on the blog post. "Fantastic pictures. Just like my grandkids."

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Everyone knows the first snow days of the year are truly magical.

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