The one with Sarah's first earthquake

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

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Limon,
Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I've decided that there's never a normal day here. If there's not sloth drama (which there always is) then it's something else.

The first thing I did today was check on Gigia. He was all snuggled up in his comfy cage and very asleep. I went back to see him after breakfast and tried to get him to eat a bit, he remained unconvinced! 

I was the first one back with Claire at 8:30am to distribute all of the vegetables onto the sloths plates. I was heading into kitchen to get another pan when I was thrown/fell into the wall. I thought I had serious vertigo/had seriously lost my balance-let's face it I crash into stuff a lot. But no it was my very first earthquake. It only lasted about two minutes and them Claire and I got straight back into doing the vegetables. Judy and Ursula came to check we were ok after half an hour and then after 45 minutes the other volunteers finally came back, when we had finished. I assumed they had been late back, they have been a fair bit, but apparently everyone had been standing in the parking lot for safety whilst me and Claire got on with it ha. Marcelo was also there and had been trying to inject a sloth with an anaesthesia and couldn't understand why he couldn't get the spot for the needle right! 

Apparently it was one of the strongest quakes for 50 years, 7.3 on the richter scale. Luckily it was on the opposite side to where we were so we didn't have the worst of it. We were told that there was a tsunami warning issued and literally all of the hairs on my body stood up, *shudder*, luckily it was for the other side which made me feel a bit better then potentially bad that I was happy it was nearer other people and further from me. Although if it was big enough...once was enough thank you! 

After all that excitement I actually had a fairly good day as I got to play vet assistant again.  Marcelo taught me how to do x-rays and I got to do urine strip tests and I had to pull urine out of Priscilla the sloths bladder with a needle. That my friends is NOT easy! We also had to release some gas which FYI, stinks. Sloth farts smell seriously bad, probably all the vegetables. I also managed to stab myself with a needle that had just been used to pull out urine from a sloth bladder. It bleed, I am now part sloth. 

Marcelo asked if I wanted to watch a sloth necropsy (sloth autopsy). I told him that I was already depressed enough knowing what was in the vet fridge let alone watching a sloth get cut up, which I said as I hugged the sloth fridge. Don't get me wrong it would be so interesting/educational but it would also be traumatic, scarring and seriously depressing.

One seriously highlight of being a technical vet assistant was that as this all took such a long time I managed to miss ALL of the barros sorting, win! I think it slightly makes up for me and Dusty having to basically do it on our own yesterday. But not for all the other times when we've had like no one and spent hours doing it. Those are precious hours I can't get back my friend! 

After vet time I went up and spent some more time with Gigia and got him to eat more food and gave him so fluids. How am I meant to leave when he's ill? (the answer is I probably won't be able to) 

Actually managed to have time to do some sunbathing today, I have literally no tan left. Definitely have to get on that when I do somehow manage to drag myself away from this place. Will that ever happen? Maybe I can take a sloth on vacation with me, they like sunbathing and umbrella cocktails right?

The rest of the day passed fairly normally, I had to hand feed Pip the Princess who has apparently decided to only eat her vegetables when I hand feed them to her. Not that I mind she is beyond cute. We're supposedly going to have another strong earthquake tonight, I'm figuring this presumption is going to be along the same lines as predicting the weather so I'm not expecting too much. We have however created an earthquake alarm which involves balancing items on a chair so the crash will wake us up if the potential earthquake doesn't. I pointed out they had probably better knock for me as I'm going to be sleeping with ear plugs in and I once slept through a gas explosion that shook all of the windows and made all the car alarms in the road go off. Kym, the female half of the Australian couple said we need to stop destroying the planet when we were discussing the earthquake. Pretty sure it's a tectonic plate problem and not so much to do with us destroying the environment but hey ho. She also said that it was quite scary, I said fun, but apparently they could see all of the building moving etc, we totally didn't. Claire and I were just like, "Is it still going?", "yep", and then we got on with vegetables! We're so hardcore. Every time I do something stupid now like crash into something or fall I think that it might be the start of an earthquake but no, just me being special! 
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Only you would inject yourself with a dirty sloth needle! x

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