Friday, May 1, 2009
Wild dogs, baby hippos, and Gymnogenes!!!
This week has been full of insect projects and final exams, but it's been really great. Last night we went down to 10 Minutes, a spot in the dry riverbed, and played soccer and tossed around the frisbee. A bushbuck came down to drink while we were there and there were lion tracks in the sand. I've been spending most mornings at the bird hide and it's been so much fun watching the Pied Kingfishers. A family of hippos have taken to hanging out near the hide and they have a really small baby, so cute!
But the coolest thing this week was also a little sad. Veterinary services captured a young wild dog that was in bad condition and begging around camps. It turned out he had badly fractured a front leg and while it had healed, he couldn't use it properly and couldn't keep up with the pack. Because Laurence knew I was so interested in wildlife veterinary work, I got to be there while they euthanized it and did a full necropsy. So like I said, very sad. But it was so cool to get to watch and I had a good chat with the vet and vet students there.