OK, I confess: we don’t know Gus’s actual birth date. He was a former pet, and we never received his full records when he arrived at our sanctuary. But that’s no reason not to celebrate his “honorary” birthday, which we did last month with a popsicle party.
Our Administrative Assistant Tina gladly recruited her kids to help create some fantastic frozen treats on behalf of one of her favorite gibbons. They cut up a variety of fruit (like kiwis, strawberries, blueberries, and grapes) and froze them with a little water in popsicle molds—using carrots as the “stick”! They also piled the fruit into ordinary ice cream cones, above a layer of raisins at the bottom.
Gus, I’m happy to say, was very excited about the whole thing and, as our special “birthday boy,” was given both a popsicle and a cone. He especially loved his “ice fruit” cone, even though he insisted on eating it from the bottom up….
Of course, the other gibbons were permitted to join in the fun, as well. Most of them were offered their choice of treat, and cones generally beat out popsicles (ahhh, those carb-craving gibbons!), although both Scrappy and Ahimsa chose popsicles—and ate their carrot stick first. And Spanky got an extra back-scratch along with his cone, so he was in hog heaven! (Or would that be gibbon heaven?)
A few (like our lab veteran Igor) remained suspicious of the novelty concept or (like Ziggy) didn’t want to touch the icy thing directly. Some of our gibbon couples (like Gary and Glenda) had to sort of negotiate who would take the treat directly (Glenda) and who would get to beg for his share (Gary).
But any way you look at it, it was a fun way to beat the summer heat. (For the humans, too!)