Saturday, 5 April 2014

Volunteer Update - Week Eight

Week Eight volunteers: Annete Alt, Heike Vachelli, Sylvain Kolly, Barbara Wipf, Jorge Krausse, Christophe Cygan, Manon Cygan, Johanna Jacobsson, Antonia Bernau and Caroline Jones.

Its been another interesting week here at Neuras, not only because of the monitoring of recently collared cheetah "Einstein", hikes to active hyena caves and the sight of the NCCC cheetahs tearing apart a rather unusual enrichment item but also because of the impossible to ignore presence of three of our, shall i say, younger minded volunteers!
             A Pink and yellow "Cow" meeting its fate at the Namib Carnivore Conservation Centre.

The trouble started last week when journeys to locations became filled with the out of tune sounds of classic and not-so classic songs being mercilessly butchered. 'Wheel's on the bus', Spice Girls' 'Wannabe' you name it they sung it.  I will also never be able to listen to Wille Nelson's "On the road again" without a shiver going down my spine! Several of the culprits left us last week but three remained, including one who was going though an identity crisis and believed themselves to be Spiderman.
Early in the week I had to drive out and rescue the troublesome trio after they phoned in after becoming lost on route to check one of our trap cages. After driving to the cage and back and not finding them I was surprised to find them on the road a few hundred metres away from Neuras HQ. They had been gone for over an hour and I was very perplexed. I became doubly perplexed when they gave me the reason for there large diversion from the correct path.......scary cows, which they described as Orc like creatures. Naturally, I of course ridiculed them for this turn of events and provided them the next morning with a helpful poster explaining the differences between Orcs and Cows:

Instead of being grateful for this advice the trio decided to throw it in my face and cruelly attacked me:

Luckily for them, Kate was  on hand to prevent me from carrying out revenge! So With all that explained the following will make a bit more sense:

"Dear Matt and Kate, 

Thank you again for everything, you made our stay worth while, even when there were scary cows surrounding us. No matter what the activity was there was always fun and laughter involved.

Thank you Matt for saving us 100m from home and thank you for coping with our weird imagination every single day. Thank you Kate for joining us in our Rummy game addiction even though you won nearly every time! and thank you joining in our crazy and childish games.  

We can't believe how close but so far away we got to Lightning. It was worth every climbed mountain, every stumble over a rock and every bruise from the green machine. Matt we still can't believe  how you coped with us, especially when everyone else went to Sossusvlei and you were stuck with us for 24 hours alone!

We hope the camera trap at the cave we had to climb up to and move three times will give you amazing photos of Spiderman and the Spotted Hyena. Thank you both for the amazing pizzas, they were delicious even though one had a hole. We will always remember your explanation of the differences between an Orc and a cow although they were completely wrong! 

We are all expecting an invitation to your wedding next year as your live band:

                         "If you wanna be my lover, you gotto get with my  friend
                                    Make it last forever.....friendship never ends!!! " 

Lots of love, Antonia, Caroline and Spiderman (Johanna).

Sorry girls, you may come to the wedding but I will insist on tapping your mouths shut with duct tape!!! Miss you really :)

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