20.02.2013 - 20.02.2013 40 °C
Our last full day volunteering, this leg has been a good one. We had a bit of a mix around this morning with the clean-up, Chelsea cleaned Leopards rather than monkeys but otherwise it was more of the same. Cleaning up poo at 7.30am and feeding the monkeys.
Chelsea got to spend her day with her babies, and even got a couple of leaving presents in the form of bites. She picked up the tiger cubs at 9am and walked them round to their enclosure and looked after both sets of cubs all day. She spent a lot of time inside the leopard cub enclosure getting in her last cuddles before we leave tomorrow.
They are so cute and grow so fast that if we come back they will be totally different. Liam started where he left off yesterday, this time fitting a climbing rig for Nala the Leopards cage. It is a different set up to yesterday and the plan is as Fang and Nala are in cages next to each other separated by a sliding door, to let them in together to have access to one another’s cages. This should be fine as they have bred before and they lick each other through the bars now. Nala’s cage is different to Fangs as we have just fitted a cross beam from an existing platform to a support we have built at the opposite end. The sawing of the wood to shape takes up the most time and effort but we managed to finish it by 4pm unlike yesterday when we had to work until 6pm.
In between all the cub sitting and DIY we got to go on another Safari. It was just as amazing as the first time. This time we went on with the boss Joe, and he explained some of the things he wants done to the Safari enclosures. We listened a discussed his ideas until we got to the giraffes and zebras and then switched off as we were too excited by the animals.
The best part is still the giraffes and it never gets old the way they stick their heads through the windows and eat all the carrots. Chelsea got absolutely soaked in giraffe drool by a very hungry male who would not leave her alone until all the carrots were gone. It is amazing how close they get, you can literally hug a giraffes neck and stroke and feed them.
We did our final monkey feed in the evening and fed our favourite monkeys. The boy scouts are here so we had to stay around the cages for around an hour as they like to try and touch and feed the monkeys ice cream and it is extremely dangerous for both the children and the monkeys.
The evening has been quite relaxed, Liam went to the Tesco in the local village, Bo Phloi to get some money as we still owe one week. The rest of the time was spent chilling in the common room with a couple of beers talking about plans for the park. It was not really a goodbye as we know we will comeback in some capacity. If they do offer us long term for free, I think at the minute we will take it as long as we can sort our Visa’s.
We have had to pack our bags for the first time in a month which was strange and tomorrow we plan to help with the morning clean, grab a free breakfast and then leave. We are undecided as of yet where we will spend the night. We want to go to Ayutthaya for the weekend and then Bangkok on Sunday before our flight Tuesday morning but we might spend tomorrow night in Kanchanaburi, we will have to see how we feel tomorrow.