The last couple of days have been particularly rough for Richie as he recuperates from his recent diagnostic examination. In addition to the diagnostic exam, he received fluid therapy and blood samples were drawn.

While we wait for results..., the chimpanzee cartestaff is trying to provided Richie with nutricious meals and drinks. Some of these items are freshly made for Richie like his "Muscle Milk Raisin Balls" which are his favorite treat. Also fresh carrot/ apple juice drinks are added to his diet.

When working with these wonderful animals, it is these final stages of life that are the most emotional and difficult. I am very grateful to the animal caregivers who stay with Richie and cheer and encourage him whenever he drinks and takes a bit of treat.