Friday, April 3, 2009
Close supervision of Hospital Volunteers is important... but, this close?!?
Day three at the wildlife hospital was a workout... on top of having to clean the koala enclosures in my building, "Burrenbong," on my own, I opened my big mouth and volunteered to do an afternoon feeding. This was my first time with these patients, so, of course, I needed close supervision. And my new supervisor, Lorie, was a stickler for detail, she road me pretty hard until I got everything just right. That'll teach me to speak up for a new project.... I've learned my lesson!
Are you cozy up there, Lorie? Let me know if this is
enough water for your bath, OK?
You know... that's a very good look on you, Lorie. 'Tie-dyed' is in right now!
It was pretty dark in their enclosure and I didn't want to use a flash so the photos are grainy, but you get the picture... They are sooooo colorful and friendly and affectionate. During the Bird Show at the zoo, a group of lories is released into the stadium. They fly in unison, circling the crowd; darting around and flying inches from the audience's heads while making a complete racket. After a couple of laps of the crowd, they fly back into their cage. Smart birds.
These lories have a beak and feather disease which is contagious. They are part of a study being done at the hospital. They really are this bright; I have not saturated the color on these images. In fact, they look even richer in person.
Posted by Jeff at 5:44 AM