It was a proud moment for me today to see the BSBCC’s first Keeper, David, give an induction to some new volunteers. He had always had more of a challenge with using English and I have tried my best to help him when I can. He is now so much more confident when using English, it’s quite impressive to see. Well done, David. Keep up the good work.
David informing new volunteers about duties and safety protocols in the Bear House.
Oh yeah, and what makes me really proud of David is how good he is at his job. Working more in husbandry this week, I have seen that he has everything down to a tee; if everyone could manage their time as he does, we’d be much better off for it. David is a very competent keeper, a nice chap and a credit to the BSBCC.
I try to be rational and emotionally detached when working with the bears, but a few minutes with Natalie turned me into a cuchi-cooing idiot. She is so adorable. Though completely wrong, it is understandable why some people would want one as a pet. It was a tragedy for her to lose her mother at such an early age, but Natalie is so lucky to be here where she can be looked after amongst the sights, sounds and smells of the Bornean rainforest that we hope to return her to.
I spent most of this afternoon mixing with other volunteers who have come from all over the world to contribute towards work at Sepilok.This left me feeling very positive; it’s uplifting to spend time with such great people.