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A Week into our Volunteering

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We are really enjoying our time at the park. We are even getting use to the 6.30am start. We are loving our new responsibilities of looking after the cubs. Today has been eventful as for the first time we have had to look after both Tiger and Leopard cubs and has been both good and bad.
After our usual monkey feed and clean up and Chelsea had been to the giraffes we went down to the area the cubs are in. At the giraffes this morning Lung Noi, the keeper was continually saying Chel-Sea to remember her name. I think he has realised that she will come every day.
At the cubs everything was ok, the leopard cubs were out and playing in the pen. When you first put them in they get extremely excited and jump around all over you biting each other and us. Its so lovely to see them so happy. The problem we have is we only have one enclosure, and we cannot have both leopards and tigers out at the same time as the tiger are significantly bigger and would hurt the leopards. The tigers were suppost to be staying home today but a customer decided he didn’t want to play with the adorable leopard cubs, he wanted tiger cubs so the park decided to bring down the tigers also. This means a tag team like switch between leopard and tigers began from little cages to the enclosure so they can get exercise, we can play with them and so can the tourists. This obviously stressed out the baby cubs as they don’t really like it inside the little cages unless they are asleep and meant we had to look after 4 baby cubs who drink 5 times a day, that is 20 bottles of milk. Also bear in mind that every time the leopards drink from the bottle they get so excited they pierce the teat and milk goes everywhere.

Liam left Chelsea on her own for a while so he could plan tonight’s English lesson which was hard work despite being able to play with baby cubs all day. Teaching five times a week we soon run of ideas for subjects to cover and for games to keep the kids interested. Liam spent the morning researching in our room (and after a accidental little snooze) went back to the cubs to see if Chelsea needed any help and as there is also an office we have access to print resources for our lessons.

Chelsea definitely had her hands full with the four cubs, she is a little scared of the tigers as when they bite it really hurts, and we have the marks to prove it. She prefers the tiny leopard cubs.

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We spent the whole day with the cubs; it is definitely the best way to spend a day. We did not have many tourists which is bad for the park but means we get the cubs all to ourselves. The only negative is we missed a revamp of Trousers the monkeys cage. He has been locked in a concrete cage with nothing to climb on or play with for years. The new cage looks great it has a tree for him to climb on, a tire swing and the hammock we made yesterday. He seems to love it and seems a lot happier and calmer already.

The day was capped off with a great English lesson, we had another large group, it is amazing to see them turn out day after day. They love Chelsea and give her a cheer when she turns up and if they see her around the park in the day they call out her name. We taught them some clothes after recapping the previous lesson and then spent the last twenty minutes playing games and signing songs. At the end of the lesson one of the mothers who attends class and has good English asked us how long we were staying, which we take as a good sign. At the minute we don’t know, we are enjoying it so much and it is so rewarding, we are just taking it a day at a time

Posted by Chelsandliam 07:39 Archived in Thailand Tagged thailand volunteering kanchanaburi

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You two are so very lucky. It sounds like really hard work looking after all those cubs at once, (oops, meant to say babies lol) but they are so cute that i dont think i would mind the hard work at all. I am sooo proud of you both, when i read about your day it never fails to bring a tear to my eye.
20 bottles of milk a day is hilarious haha.
Glad that Trousers is happy :) and really glad to hear that the English leesons are still going so well (inspite of the accidental snoozing lol).
Love you both loads
xxxxx mum & dad xxxxx

by bev

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