Bit slow on the old blogs recently, sorry about that! Trying to get all my updates ready for you today so bear with me...
Sunday 8th Feb was a particularly interesting day in SANCCOB. Mainly because some lunatic had decided it would be a great idea to make me SUPERVISOR (?!) for Pen 1 (the Cape Cormorants & Gulls) plus Aviary (just Gulls). Were they having a laugh?
Had a bit of a mini panic and then saw that Hennie, the old South African dude, was my assistant. He'd been around ages so surely he knows the drill by now. Wrong. Ran up to him and was like "Hennie! Why am I supervisor, what about the meds, I can't tube, when do we feed and swim them! HELP!" He looked at me blankly and just said with a shrug "The birds? The birds they feed themselves, just give them fish, no?" I looked back down at my list for Pen 1 with various meds, darrows, 40ml water syringes, fish platters and formula every 2 hours... Right, well that's why they made me supervisor then, fat lot of use you are buddy! So I sent him off to clean Aviary while I got on with recruiting a couple of people that could catch and tube the birds for me. The art of delegation is a managers greatest asset right...
I'd like to tell you my time as a supervisor went smoothly. It didn't, it was hilarious. I lost two birds, one of them managed to escape twice. And then I gained two birds. Surely its better to have too many than not enough, eh?? Apparenlty it was two of the deranged Cormorants from Home Pen who decided they wanted back in to the SANCCOB way of life. Mentals. What a circus.
At least the day finished nicely at this amazing African restaurant called Moyo with a few of the volunteers, its right on the bay and near the entrance is a small stream where you can sit at surfboards and dangle your feet into the water while you enjoy your cocktails and food in the sun. And I ate mopane worms. Living life on the edge now...