Harnas Day 4
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Got up for breakfast and meeting this morning AND managed to get my morning shower, so was pretty happy with that!! As usual (for Harnas newcomers anyway) we were on food prep today and should be again tomorrow. Apparently there are 18 -20 people leaving on Thursday this week and 11 new arrivals, including my buddy ol’ pal that I pretty much grew up with at home in Australia and am currently living with in England! It would be nice if she ended up bein in my group or cabin even, but our cabin is full. She might be put in with two other girls that I arrived with who are sharing on their own, although I’m not entirely sure how much she would like that as one doesn’t talk much at all and the other one talks HEAPS!! She’ll be fine though. Food prep was done sooo quickly this morning, technically we were finished by 10:15ish and had fed most of the animals by 10:35.
We then went to go and clean Sophie and Frikkie and Gracie’s enclosure. Roné decided that she wanted to spend a little bonding time with them so she said she’d do it herself. Fair enough, it isn’t a big job – just to change their water and rake the sand in their enclosure, so I left her to it and went to sit with jaws for 10 minutes. I went back to help Roné bring back and clean any buckets and rakes she used and you could only imagine the sight I saw: their water bowl had been pulled out of the ground and tipped over with water everywhere, Gracie was jumping around and doing handstands all around it and Roné’s hair was all over the place with mud up her legs haha it was quite an amusing sight.
Next we had to go to the cheetah’s enclosure because a young cheetah had escaped from her new enclosure and into the adult’s while the 6 ‘baby’ cheetahs were being moved. They’re not exactly babies anymore, but they were once upon a time, they’re still known as the baby cheetahs though. But anyway!! The point of the story is a baby cheetah had run into the enclosure of the adult cheetahs and we had to get her back into her enclosure. Everyone who was around had to go and help out, by the time I got there, there were a few people already inside trying to lure her back. I stood around the side of the fence between the guesthouses and the croc enclosure with 2 other people, to stop her jumping over the fence.
Willis and Brendan were on either side of her again the fence – inside the enclosure, gradually inching closer and closer to her with a blanket to carry her in, if, being very optimistic, they somehow managed to catch her. The morning tour group arrived back in time to see the end of this mini adventure. The little cheetah hissed a bit, pounced in a few different directions after Brendan took a step too close for her liking and then bolted up a tree.
OMG GUESS WHO GOT IN WITH THE LIOOOOOOOOONS!!? I LOVE THEM! On coming to Harnas the lions were the animals that I thought I would enjoy watching and spending most of my time with. They didn’t disappoint today.
I left the enclosure to get money to buy tokens at the Lapa (Harnas’ form of money is in tokens, just to make things easier), and on the way out, got bit on the bum... sorta. When I came back in, I was being watched, then I began getting stalked. We were told that they wont pounce if they know you’re watching them. So, I said “Look kiddo, I can see what you’re trying to do and it’s not gonna work, Im watching you”. I kept walking though and pretend that I’d forgot about him, so he started running full on at me. I spun around again laughing at how cheeky he was and he stopped in his tracks and changed direction. I LOVE THE LIONS!!
Our group was on Sheep and goats today so we counted them into their enclosures about 6pm, after the bush men herded them near enough.
The vet came today and had a good look at Geoters (the male cheetah who is left to roam on the grass and open area outside his enclosure. He’s the cheetah that the guests are allowed to get pictures with even though he’s not a big fan of posing, or paparazzi). She cut some skin off the side of his face where his absyst was. He didn’t look too good afterwards and nearly collapsed in the afternoon when we were looking out for him. Poor li’l old cheetah boy =(