This big fellow - a Mexican Red-Knee Tarantula was safely cooped up out the back.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
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Saturday, December 7, 2013
The Crabs in Moscow
The Crabs team to beat the Chinese National Team in 2004
Rear: Mark Thomas, Damien Smith (Wallaby), Richard Hughes, Bobby Mitchell, Philippe Coquelle, The HK National front row, Bryce Dailly, Forgotten, Ben McGrath, Forgotten, Josh Kronfeld (All Blacks).
Front: Forgotten, Marc Ellis (kneeling, All Black), Big Thomas, Yours Truly, Sylvain Benoit, Nick Francis, Little Thomas, Forgotten, Pierre, Wayne McIntosh.
Between them, the above players have a combined 54 tests and 14 tries for the All Blacks.
Monday, November 18, 2013
I passed the Docent exams last week and was lucky enough to spend two days in a keeper attachment. Basically shadow a keeper and spend two days-in-the-life of. The zoo is very specific about not sharing photos of the back of house so the below are random Internet photos indicating some of my activities at the River Safari.
Smelled and rubbed by a curious giant anteater with baby.
Searched and nudged by a hungry coati.
Struggled with by an elephant trunk snake who would rather not be moved.
Growled at by feeding jaguars advising me to back off.
Teased by picky sturgeon who demand hand feeding.
Licked by tapirs mistaking sweat for a salt lick.
Smiled at by the ghairal when watching the keeper's back.
And spending an hour scrubbing the Ganges River of algae. Yep, it only took an hour, but there was two of us. It wasn't all fun though. Cleaning cages and exhibits, prepping food for all and sundry, back-washing and cleaning filters, sweeping, moving and caging. I probably added and hour to the keeper's day with distraction and annoying questions but it felt like a rare opportunity.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
I was recently told I look exactly like a particular Indian politician so thought I would compare that with my most commonly referenced look-alike.
That is crazy, because I look like this.
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