17.02.2013 - 17.02.2013
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Today has turned out to be eventful day. It started by being the first day that we can access and clean every monkeys cage. A huge milestone for the team and nearly three months of work, cleaning, repairing and revamping cages and working with the monkeys so they don’t get too stressed in the holding cage. Some of them still freak out a bit and it can be nerve racking in the enclosure when the monkey gets angry and tries to open the door from the holding cage.
To say we had to additional monkeys to clean out we still finished around the usual time and after breakfast we went to the office to plan our last English lessons. Including tonight we have three left which is a sad thought. We have planned the lessons and made a list of things we have covered for whoever takes over. We both think that the standard of the teaching is going to drop when we leave; no one wants to do it due to it being five days a week. We feel so sorry for the kids who want to learn.
After lunch we helped out with the cubs. It was a normal afternoon until Tat was looking over Blue and saw sign of ringworm on his coat. Ringworm is a highly contagious fungal infection that creates bald patches on animals and raised scaly areas on humans. Blue has had a bold patch on his tail for around a week but we were told by Toy that is was a graze from climbing out of the truck. Once Tat had mentioned ringworm we started to research and check over Blue and we found more bold patches on his arms and legs. At this point we decided that it was ringworm and we had to take action. Once Blue and the cubs had gone for the day we disinfected the entire area and burnt all the hay that lined the enclosure floor. Toy was not happy as Tat stopped her from handling the cubs due to her contact with Blue, she just does not understand what is wrong with Blue – they have been giving him mange medication.
We finished the clean up just in time for our lesson. For the first half an hour we only had two students, which made for a nice change of pace. They learnt really quickly. Two more turned up after a while so we caught them up and ended on a usual game and song.
There has been a meeting with the boss tonight to discuss the Blue situation as he does not grasp the significance of the ringworm. Customers pay to lay on him, they can get the infection and then they can take it to the rest of the animals when they enter the zoo and safari. Blue needs to be in quarantine until we know for certain what it is but we don’t think that will happen. The lack of animal knowledge here is frustrating and simple illnesses become huge things because the they are brushed over and just treated them with human, often wrong medication.