Harnas Day 3

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HeReRo .. are you guys expecting a visitor?

Got up about 8am today - its Sunday so we get an extra hour's sleep in =D. o00oh excitement!! Went over to the village kitchen for breakfast and then had Frikkie come down an hour later as usual for our regualr morning meeting. We (new people) were on food prep training and should be for the next few days to make sure we have a thourough understanding of which animals get hwat in our group because we will have to be doing this soon for other new people that come. A few people in our group showed us the ropes in the food organising for the day for out particular animals. Being group three - our animals to feed are: the baby rabbits in the nursery, the tree squirrels, the house kittens 'Lily and Socks', the 8 Bat-eared foxes 'HeReRo', Maritta's owl 'DooDoo' who lives in her kitchen, the "dangerous" baboon 'Jaws', the 2 kid baboons 'Gracie and Frikkie' who also share an enclosure for the moment with teen baboon 'Sophie', the other 5 teen baboons where Sophie used to be (she was moved because she was 'the outsider' and the alpha female refused to let her eat when they were fed), the 5 adult cheetahs - Afram, Nikita, Shinglah, Jeanie and Luegi, and the crocodiles (who are the only ones, for obvious reasons, don't get handfed.

Gracie pretend to look innocent.. but oh no - watch out
Oh, and Jaws too).
Preparing the food takes ages! We started about 9:30 maybe and finished feedings them at 12:45 - a good 3 hours straight!!

                                             THEN I GOT TO HAVE A LONG AWAITED SHOWER!!! =D

After walking back from the bushcamp late last night and in the heavy rain my pants were saturated and drowned in puddle sand and my hair was soooo dirty, but its O0o0o0oK! I got to wash it and clean it and scrub it gooood. Still have to hand in my laundry for washing to the bushwomen though.

Feeding DooDoo takes a lot of time. He's so slow lol
At 1 it was lunch time followed by free time until 4pm when we have to go back for the afternoon feedings for the crocs, the cheetahs, DooDoo, Gracie, Frikkie and Sophie and Jaws. Usually we would have a meeting at the tree at 3pm but because it's Sunday, there arent any compulsary activities other than food prep.
The afternoon feedings began with the 4pm feedings as the tour group set off. Our animals are always up first, but the only 2 that are on tour are the crocs and the cheetahs. When guests come to the farm there are activities for them to do also and tour is one of them. It is pretty popular because they get to see us feeding the animals aswell as having their tourguide, either Godfrey or Etosha tell them a bit about the animals. We threw the meat to the crocs as they did absolutely nothing - even when the meat was thrown AT them, then moved onto the Cheetahs.
The crocodiles politely posed for this shot - they were usually dead as doorknobs.
Until now we hadnt been allowed into the enclosures with any of the animals but we had handed in our signed forms to Frikkie and Jamie so we were all set to go and  spend time with any of the animals we chose. I let the other girls walk into the enclosures to finish the afternoon feeding to see how they did it then I would be able to start the next day.
When we finished feeding the other afternoon animals, Frikkie, Gracie and Sophie, Jaws and Doo Doo, I spent the next few hours in the courtyard with Tammy and Jamie and the baby lions (Mexican, Boney, Blackey and Pinkey). The courtyard is also 'hangout' place for the baby baboon 'Sir Rodger' and the 2 baby vervets 'Etosha and William', more commonly yelled at as Tosh and Willy. There are also a few courtyard dogs.
The little tackers playing around
There are so many dogs around here!! Foodprep dogs, and courtyard dogs... sooo many!!
The only cub that came up to me to play was Mexican. Gawd he's so cute, and Boney came over for a second, but Pinkey and Blackey, nope! Sir Rodger is a douche, he's gonna be serious trouble when he's older, he cant sit still for a single second!! Running around with his blue dummy hanging around his neck and an empty milk bottle that he'd been sucking on all day, not getting anything out of it, obviously because he'd finished it hours ago. He freaked out when the courtyard dogs chased Lily up the tree and jumped on me, losing his bottle (AGAIN). i picked it up and when he calmed down he took it off me and did a complete backbend off my hip to glance out behind him (all the while sucking on his empty baby bottle).
Rodger strangely sitting still while not sleeping for once. It would never happen again so decided to get a shot of it
He could have easily just sat up and turned his head around bout 45° to have a look at the same thing (UPRIGHT!) but the little dude is a weirdo. So I left him there for about a minute to let all the blood rush to his head then popped him on the floor to do his own thing. We went back to the village to have dinner which was chicken, rice and sweet potato, followed up by a piece of carrot cake for one of the volunteer's birthday. Yum!

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HeReRo .. are you guys expecting a…
HeReRo .. are you guys expecting …
Gracie pretend to look innocent.. …
Gracie pretend to look innocent..…
Feeding DooDoo takes a lot of time…
Feeding DooDoo takes a lot of tim…
The crocodiles politely posed for …
The crocodiles politely posed for…
The little tackers playing around
The little tackers playing around
Rodger strangely sitting still whi…
Rodger strangely sitting still wh…
Nope - I;m not stalking. just conc…
Nope - I;m not stalking. just con…
Told you the bottle is always empt…
Told you the bottle is always emp…
Willy planning his next attck
Willy planning his next attck
...self explanitory
...self explanitory
Morning feeding time for the 5 adu…
Morning feeding time for the 5 ad…
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