Watching the Wild Chimps on Public TV
Wild chimps are not loveable. Oh, you can give them clever names like Francesca or Freud, but they still aren't loveable.
They're too busy diving daredevil from treetops, or hooting like yahoos as they mount each other. Just look at that one-- throwing a temper tantrum against a tree trunk.
Even in calmer moments- making beds of branches, poking for termites with twigs-- they just aren't loveable. They're too human for that-- with their soft smooth ears nimble fingers and dark eyes.
Yes, it must be those eyes, so dark and impossible, that glint with more than mischief, that know more than they are letting on, staring straight at the camera, offering no excuses for themselves or us.
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