Well...........to my surprise and delight Betty came home! Two days after she'd gone missing she was found by one of the workers - having been attacked by wild monkeys. The poor thing had to be stiched back together (which wasn't for the faint-hearted) and her broken body resembled a few raw chicken legs rather than a fluffy baby vervet as a lot of her coat had been ripped off. She seems to be on the mend...so she's getting 1-to-1 attention around the clock.
Work this week has involved building a bridge (flippin' Nora - who would have thought it), raking, pulling down millie trees (corn on the cob) and cutting out a bee-hive safely and draining away the honey. Indeed work has been hard going but the Play more than makes up for it. Yesterday we all went on a day out to Mooketsi to visit EFAF (Elephants for Africa Forever). The company promotes conservation through interaction and education and during our visit we each got the chance to have an elephant back ride. My Elly was called Shoshuru - a 12 year old elephant. We travelled in a convoy of 7 elephants and once I'd grasped the knack of leaning forward and backwards at the appropriate time, I loved every second.
Critters-wise we have recently found a spotted bush snake in one of the girls' dorms and had a visit by 149 processionary caterpillars, who form a line head to toe and travel in convoy until they reach their destination. Apparently if you re-attach the line so they form a circle they'll just keep following eachother forever - I didn't have the heart to find out if that was true, poor w***s.
As for me, I have had the dreaded SA bug which apparently gets everyone when they come to Riverside - it's sad to say that I have become quite good friends with Chloropect (commonly known as milk of magnesia!) It's some feat cleaning out s***e at 07:00 when you're not feeling your best. After 5 days of it I'm praying it'll sod off soon and bother some other poor soul.