My poor ill babies and angry words

Trip Start Jul 12, 2012
Trip End Sep 21, 2012

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Limon,
Thursday, August 23, 2012

It's a bit sad but I actually look forward to getting up at 5am so I can check on my sloths. I feel like one of those over protective mothers. I do have some pretty ill sloths though so I'm obviously worried about them. 

Pips eye today looks even more red today then yesterday it almost looks bloody. I decided to talk to Marcelo about it as I didn't think it looked right and he said to stop giving her the eye drops as the infection obviously wasn't conjunctivitis. By the way not too sure if I can get that from a this space. He said he was going to clean it and so had to give her some anaesthesia which he said did I want to do. Me, inject a sloth with a potentially lethal dose of anaesthesia, no thanks! Thought I would let the professional do it instead. I love Pip too much to potentially harm her. After Marcelo asked if I'd worked with animals before (other than me rescuing and nursing animals as a kid, don't think that counts), he was surprised that I hadn't and thought that I had as apparently I'm really good with them. Proud moment! I totally wanted to be a vet when I was little. Some of my sloths do totally love me though. 

I wanted to go in with Pip when he took her in so I waited outside sorting leaves. The other 4 finished two boxes between them so me and Yvette stayed behind to sort them, missing baby play time in the process doing so. Pip didn't actually go in the end so that was a bit wasted. Did get to see a wild sloth (three fingered) though, which was weird as it hissed at me and all of the other bradys are so adorable. 

Changed my flight in my break so I will now be seeing you all from the 22nd of September onwards! Had a really good chat with Judy the owner today as well, which was nice. We were talking about endangered animals and people who kill dolphins etc. You don't really see Judy that much as she's so busy so that was pretty cool.

Finished late and went for break, I wanted to find out what was going to be happening with Pip so I hunted Marcelo down again. He must love me ha. The day continued pretty much as usual until I went in to see Gigia (or Gi to me), this morning he'd pulled out some hair and what looked like a scab of skin, this time there was a bigger bit which is obviously not good. So while I was checking him over for other injuries, Bettina, who had started the barros sorting about 15 minutes before said, "can you not spend so much time with your sloths and do it in feeding time. Me and Jens (her husband) are doing so much more work than you."... I replied that I was checking Gi because I think there's something really wrong with him. This really fucking pissed me off though, I'm still really mad about it. Firstly there has not been a single day when they haven't been late in the morning, one day by half an hour, or late back from breaks. Granted I was, for the first time, late back today but I was changing my flights and talking to Judy the owner. There is also absolutely no way they do more work than me, I am always helping people in their sections and I do more than my fair share. She for example washes, with help, the 136 sloth plates once every three days, I have done them for the last two days, on my own. I also missed baby time today to sort the left over leaves; barros leaves vs baby time... Come on! Not to mention at least 5 of the 23 sloths in my section are actually pretty ill and I'm personally administering medicine to two in my section and one sloth in her section. I have been the one to find all of these problems, not the vet, me. So sorry I actually spend a little bit of time looking over my sloths or spending two minutes more with the ones who are sick. Jens and Bettina are great and really quick at all the leave sorting and peeling etc but my sloths do currently need more time and I shouldn't have to feel bad for that. Anyway rant over, I was just angry at the time but it's all fine now anyway and I love Jens and Bettina. Besides I'm hardly going to hold a grudge over something stupid like that. 

Anyway I'm clearly doing it right at the moment so unless someone tells me to, I'm not changing what I'm doing.

On that note. After 5 days of saying there was something wrong with Gi I got Marcelo back in to look at him again. He has tons of bald patches and he doesn't look right at all. Marcelo looked at him and pointed out his white gums/roof of his mouth and said he probably had anaemia. He said he'd seen something similar in another sloth, mobli, and he didn't survive! Apparently there's nothing they can do as they don't know what it is as there basically the pioneers of sloth medicine at the moment. I am however on the case and have been googling the symptoms in other animals to see if there I'd anything similar and I'm going to speak to Judy and see if she thinks phoning round zoos with sloths in might help as we could ask if they'd seen anything like it at their zoo. Apparently mobli died like a month ago too in the same section as Gi which is really suspicious. It also started with a sore like Zoeys so I need to really keep an eye on her. On a funny note to this story whenever Marcelo went near Gi he'd snarl and try and bite him, as soon as I went near him he'd lick my hand and be all sweet. He loves me <3

Went to Limon with Dusty and her boyfriend Jorge to get some supplies. Ended up coming out with cadburys, salt and vinegar crisps, nutella and yogurt... Healthy! So my dinner consisted of crisps, chocolate and yogurt. Naughty! 
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