Sunday, April 16, 2017

Keeper For The Day - Part 4 (FD)

If you missed them, you can read part 1 here, read part 2 here, and read part 3 here.

When I was able to tear myself away from the animals I could cuddle with, we headed back in to the rain to make our way to the Lemur house to feed and meet them. They were indoors when we approached...


I don't remember all their names, but it was mostly a group of males, apart from one female, and her baby, Shadow.

This is Shadow:


And here's another photo of the Lemars in their house:


They soon came out of their house when they realized we had the food bucket...


...Especially Shadow, who seemed to be everywhere at once...


Then they realized Julie was holding the food bucket, so tried to help themselves...


...Except for this one, who jumped up beside Kelly to say, "Hi," to him... Or maybe to check out the camera...


Then they realized we were putting out food, so were everywhere again, trying to get as much of it as they could...


I hand fed one of them. Well, actually, I technically hand fed them all, but anyway, here's a video of me hand feeding one of the Lemurs:




After we were done in with the Lemurs, we went to feed the Racoons and Coatis. We were meant to get a "meet and greet" with them too, but they weren't in the mood to come and say, "Hi," to me.

This Racoon was sleeping:


The Coatis were keeping their distance...


...And so were the other two Racoons...


But I don't blame them, because they'd had new sawdust laid in their enclosures earlier that day, and the tractor-like machine that does it had scared the poor things. I'm sure they were grateful for the food we left for them though.


There were several other animals there, but I didn't meet any more of them, and Kelly didn't take photos of any others either. So, that was basically it for my day. After that, we stopped in the staff room to sit down for a bit, and for Julie to give me my keeper for the day certificate. Then we went home via Hello Kitty's house...



Apparently, Hello Kitty visits the park regularly. The day we were there didn't appear to be one of the days she visits though, so we didn't get to meet her.

So, the last place we went before we left was the gift shop where I got this cuddly Peppa Pig:


After that we aske them to call us a taxi to the station, so we could catch the train home, since we didn't know the number of a local taxi company, and there was no chance of us walking all the way to the station (I couldn't have done that walk even if I hadn't been exhausted by this point). We had another taxi ride to go after the train ride too, but thatwas a much shorter one, and the local taxi office is right outside the local train station.

Anyway, it was an amazing day... Despite the pouring rain... But I was very glad to see my bed that night, let me tell you! I was so tired! In fact, as I said to a couple of people afterwards, I was so far beyond exhausted that I'm not even sure there's a word for how tired I was. I never even bothered to eat dinner before I went to sleep. I did wake up hungry four hours later, but I literally had something to eat, and then went back to bed. I didn't get up until almost 10:00am the following morning. Anyway, like I said, that's it. I hope you've enjoyed the photos and videos.

Also... Thank you again to those who made the day possible!

3 comments:

Rita said...

Wow! What a day you had. I am so glad you got some videos. Thanks for sharing with us!! :)

Jeanie said...

I'm so glad you shared this experience. It sounds like the experience of a lifetime. I love the lemurs. Those and meercats are among my favorites. (The raccoons, not so much. Once you get them in your chimney and have to have animal control remove them, you sort of lose your childhood admiration of them!).

It just looks like the best experience but I can see why you were so exhausted. That was a lot. So is there a Lemur story in your future plans?

Victoria Zigler said...

Rita:
You're welcome, and I'm glad you enjoyed the photos and videos. :)

Jeanie:
Yes, it was an experience of a lifetime for sure! I don't know what parts will make it in to future books, though I dare say some will... If I ever get the time to write the stories, that is. Oh, and I can see why that would make you less fond of the racoons.