Yesterday the South Carolina Lowcountry endured an ice storm that made our roads treacherous, closed the airport, and shut down schools and government offices throughout the region.
This same system wreaked havoc in many parts of the southeastern U.S., as far away as Texas, Virginia, and Florida. Our governor declared a state of emergency.
But at the IPPL sanctuary—we were prepared! We have generators (eight of ‘em, with plenty of fuel), extra containers of water (since our well uses an electric pump), lots of canned veggies for emergency rations, and (best of all) a dedicated animal care staff, who braved the treacherous roads yesterday to make sure our gibbons were OK.
Two of our caregivers, Hardy and Samantha, even spent Tuesday evening on the grounds, doing walkabouts every two hours throughout the night to check for downed limbs or other problems. Fortunately, the power stayed on despite the sleet and freezing rain. The next day, there was no snow (to the disappointment of some children we know…), but a layer of icy pellets covered the ground.
All around the sanctuary, though, the bamboo and shrubs were bowed down by a weight of ice. Individual leaves and berries were coated.
Icicles dripped off everything.
But—did you know?—icicles make a fine source of gibbon enrichment!