Too windy

Trip Start Jan 05, 2009
Trip End Mar 12, 2009

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Aviva House

Flag of South Africa  , Western Cape,
Tuesday, March 3, 2009

bummer. i was supposed to go out with Chris and Monique Fallows tomorrow but the wind has been intense the past few days. it's stronger tonight than it has been in a while, thus no trip to try and see white sharks. i guess this is the way of someone telling me i need to come back to SA when both the right whales and white sharks are present and accounted for. hello 2010...! good news is that they suspect that they will be coming to California in December so i look forward to having a braai on my patio and playing host to them in my town.

some things take a while to figure out at SANCCOB which is frustrating but today i got some good clarity on our little penguin chick. this is the chick that i couldn't see in its nest when i visited Two Oceans Aquarium. it is the baby to two of their captive penguins so it's not eligible for release, thus we are taming it for educational purposes. i get it now. they came to pick up our little friend today and we were all reluctant to let him leave. many photos and scritches were had before Monique took him away.

027 was a really feisty penguin when he came in during the last week. i needed to use a towel to pick him up for fear of losing a digit. it was intense. unfortunately he went downhill pretty quickly. the other penguins in Pen 2 started to peck at him last night. we put him in a crate for protection and this morning when i picked him up, he was very limp. sadly, he died about 10 minutes later. i of course cried for many reasons but have to say that this sad situation had an interesting turn because the vet was there today to do a necropsy on him. i really wanted to see it and understand what happened to him. first, this is the only way we knew he was a boy. second, it only proved how powerful these birds are. the breast muscle is massive. i was impressed. 027 died from a major hematoma on his left thigh muscle. it was about 4x the size of his right thigh. i couldn't believe it. we don't know how the injury happened but it was very obvious why he died. poor guy.

despite how many bites i have received and how many struggles i have had with these penguins, i am going to miss them so much. Sunday is my last day if you can believe that!
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