|We’re all a little jet lagged
Just like you, your pets lost an hour of sleep and are still adjusting. Daylight saving time has an effect on wild animals and pets, leaving them feeling a bit ‘jet-lagged.’
Similarly, many wild animals set their routine to sunlight. They rise with the sun, and they prepare to sleep when the sun sets. These animals will simply adjust their behavior to mimic the sun.
The chimpanzees here at Project Chimps felt the change.
It’s too early for breakfast!
They know the sounds our team makes as they prepare breakfast; the human voices that float towards their sleeping heads as we approach the villas and the rev of a mule cart that is driving the bins of freshly prepared vegetables their way. Yet, the sun hasn’t peeked through their windows, the robins and wrens have not started their dawn song. Surely something is wrong! Perhaps the chimps think they are dreaming.
Before the time change, the chimps’ bedrooms were already lit with sunlight before breakfast, but this week the caregivers have to turn on the overhead lights to do their morning safety check and begin the breakfast service. Oscar curls up in his nest of donated wood wool and tries to sleep in. Kareem, normally the first to greet the caregivers and accept his veggies, sits in his nest and lazily yawns, not quite ready for the meal.