Well, in this cold weather and some pretty grotty skys, which the monkeys hate, we are insulating sleeping boxes and tying down blankets in the capuchins’ boxes. Also painting more cages and buying plenty of proteins and replacing old drinking bottles and continuously checking that their bedding is still functional to keep them warm and cozy.
TESTS FOR STAFF
I have decided to do practical and oral exams for my volunteers and staff. No matter how long they have been with me a test is always needed and the highest score will get a merit. Tests will be done randomly.Two people did equally well and tied, so well done you two!
We are so greatful to the ten people who very kindly chose us to bring some goodies for the monkeys.
I always like to do an educational talk and answer questions so more people can learn about these monkeys. Thank you to a magnificent team for choosing us.
We also had a few students who helped with cages and feeding. Thank you too.
One of our care centres has a Capuchin Cebus that is 20 years old and has just got diabetes Type 2 and after spending nearly R10 000 on vet’s fees it’s still an up and down struggle but happy to say he has gained a kilo!
FREEZER AND TOP LOADER WASHING MACHINE FOR MONKEYS’ FOOD AND WASHING
We still have not achieved this goal yet and if anyone can help please, please let us know!
FLU & BRONCHITIS
So much of this is going around and one needs to be careful with any contact with monkeys should you yourself or family members and friends have any of the following symptoms:
scratchy or sore throat, itchy ears, cough (either dry or wet), a temperature or chills, an unusual headache or swollen glands around you neck. It may be a virus or a bacterial infection. Please wear a mask when you get out of bed and constantly wash your hands and face. Vitamin supplements are also recommended. Get enough sleep and rest and keep germs to yourself by using a plastic packet to keep discarded tissues at night time or get rid of them in the toilet. Also try and wash your hands regularly after each nose blow. It’s rather like dealing with Covid and in Covid times it was necessary but common sense says we should do it anyway. Remember we can treat the symptoms but it’s difficult to prevent the cause. Bacteria you can fight if needed with meds but viruses is another story!
MY BOOK ON MONKEYS
Don’t forget about the BOOK.
We say a big Thank You to all those who help us. And those who want to help and are willing to, no matter how small, please do so as we are always in constant need and rely on the public’s help.
W. Macleod and Team