The grass is drying up and the days are hot again. Clear blue skies make the typical evening, but it is cooler than normal which makes the evening drinks by the fire a perfect finish to the day. With the crisp mornings; a brisk start to the day! The game sightings this week have been great.
A couple of days ago another female cheetah was spotted with her two cubs, guessed to be about five months old. The cheetahs in the park seem to be doing well although we haven’t spotted the cheetah brothers in a while. Now that the grass is clearing up a bit it is much easier to spot the cats and each day we are seeing more and more.
Daphne Sheldricks’ Wildlife trust has moved its’ mobile veterinary clinic into the park which is great news for all of us here in Meru. With their motto of “giving wildlife a second chance” and their unfailing commitment we can rest easy knowing that caring hands are at the ready for any animal that needs attention. Just the other week they were working on one of the Rhinos in the sanctuary which had quite a nasty wound on its bottom. The Mobile Veterinary Unit promptly attended to the Rhino which is now fully recovered. Good to know for any of you in Meru who might spot an injured animal (Dr. Rono’s number is 0721 234 188).
We catch the odd glimpse of Banoffee who is now old enough to start exploring a bit more. It is sad to say goodbye, but lovely to have seen her develop into a healthy, grown bush buck.
If you have been following facebook, you will see that Frank (the Giraffe) is back; bringing along the occasional girlfriend. The running joke is that he brings her into camp to impress her, but is met by an unanticipated reception of the surprise - when the female bolts off looking back at him with a scornful glare. I don’t think he realizes that, although he has become so accustomed to us all, his female companions are still quite wild!
Our two big resident buffalo are back in camp. No doubt to mow the garden! We are greeted with a very fresh cake of their morning’s business daily, as if to show exactly where they have been during the early hours. Makes for a fun game of “dodge ‘m” on the way to the mess tent or car park first thing in the morning! Wouldn’t want to step in it that’s for sure; some people might spend their first hour of the day scooping up puppy poop, well it’s a bit different here!
We had a very exciting day’s fishing on the river just in front of camp, nearly breaking the catfish record, however, didn’t quite manage to get the trophy in! Celine was to be the record breaker with a whopping catfish (probably 3 feet long) but in the moment, and what a fight it was putting up; the line broke. But it wasn’t all over.........as it managed in its fight to wrap the line around a tree. With a bit of encouragement Sean leapt in, somewhat like a hippo, he landed on his bum and made a gracious entrance into the river, and then wadded towards the line. Much to all of our surprise he grabbed the line along with the whopper of a cat fish! Everyone was hysterical. However, after his fabulous effort, the catfish, with a whip of its tail; broke free and swam up stream. No one was left disappointed though and everyone had a fabulous abdominal work out with all the laughter.
That's all for now.....
Tanyth, Sean and the Offbeat Meru team.