What I Learnt While Working With Animals.

So I was just thinking the other day (now that I am unemployed I have a lot of time to think!) about what I learnt while working with animals. I mean, I worked with them for a good 5 years. Cleaning their up their shit, feeding them, cleaning   Up their shit, carrying them, cleaning up their shit, medicating them and of course, cleaning  up their shit.

Surely I must have taken something away from that, apart from of course, how to clean up their shit. At first I thought that I hadn’t. I mean I did learn stuff, but nothing really important…. But then I thought some more and while not everything I learnt can be used I every day life,  I did indeed learn some things. 

Who would have thought that this girl:

Would become this girl:

Let’s jump right in!

1) YOU WILL GET BITTEN, OR SCRATCHED, OR BOTH. YOU WILL, ITS UNAVOIDABLE!



You are working with animals, if you don’t want to scar or mark your pretty face, arms, or any other part of your body, you need to find another job. 

Sometimes the injuries that the animals give you are intentional. Like humans, they too have their off days and if you happen to choose that day to go too close or to pet them, well you can’t blame the animal. 

Most of the time though, I found that maybe 98% of the injuries I incurred were all unintentional. All of the injuries in the pictures you see above were all unintentional. Either they were just moving around on you while you were carrying them and their claws happened to scratch you, or as with the first picture, the binturong (If you don’t know what a binturng is, I’ll upload a pic later on in this post) was on my shoulders and some raindrops fell on him and he freaked out and moved too fast and his claw made contact with my chin. Not his fault, not mine either, it’s just part and parcel of the job.

This however, was intentional:


Can you see what looks like a black line on my nose? Nope it’s actually not black, it’s red because it is blood. This is Narnia, AND SHE IS A BINTURONG. The females are the more dominant sex and she had started showing aggression. 

I had carried her 100s of times prior to this and well, she just didn’t seem to like me on that particular day, she bit it and after this, once on stage, she would bite it again …. Twice…But as with the old saying “the show must go on, and that’s exactly what we did. albeit with a few guests in the audience looking rather horrified at the sight of blood. Do I blame her? No! Was I a little angry at her? Well yeah, but did I show her that I was angry at her? No I didn’t, I just gave her a stern talking to… Not that she cared much lol.

2)  They give you a lot of satisfaction at work. You can be having a horrible day and a little “kiss” or a funny expression  from them would cheer me up. 

One thing in the 5 years that I was there that gave me a lot of satisfaction was this little fella:


Meet Foxtrot!  He is a Fennec Fox. Unfortunately his inexperienced mother was not caring for him the way that she should have and so he had to be hand raised. His brother was far too weak and unfortunately passed away but lil Foxxy there proved to be a fighter!

He was maybe 2 months old here, still being bottle fed, so adorable, very cheeky but. so loving! He loved to play, still does actually. He would toss around the toys that we bought for him, loved to drink his milk and be cuddled by all of us. 

That gave me so much satisfaction that maybe under different circumstances he would not have survived but  he did, and that was because of the role that we, the staff played. It was hard work preparing his milk,looking out for him , feeding him every few hours but you know what, it was so worth it because he grew up to be big and strong and so FREAKING ADORABLE! JUST LOOK AT THIS FACE! :

Hand raising animals doesn’t just concern animals that you work with, look at me hand feeding some squirrels that were found on the floor. We fed them until they were storing enough to be released into the wild:




3) Losing an animal always hurts but you learn to understand that loving an animal means not wanting them to suffer.

Oh boy, the first time my favorite animal passed away, I cried and cried. Little “Mei Mei” the the otter was the cutest, friendliest  little animal ever. More animals have died since then but I learnt to accept it. It still hurt when it’s an animal you have a strong bond with, and the tears still would flow but it feels good to think that they were no longer suffering, or in pain, or just old and not their usual self. I think animals know when their time is near.

Above: “Shah” AKA  “Tonga”” the small toothed Civet. My baby. Quite a number of us shed more than a few tears for this little one.

“Cookie” on the day of her euthanisation, we went to say our goodbyes.

“Smokey” the Serval. A wonderful old girl

“Cookie” another one of her cute face.



And the queen herself, Summit. I took this pic moments before she was sedated for her euthanisation. She was old an She was the most beautiful old girl ever. Gentle and sweet even in the moments leading up to her sedation. Love this girl..


4) You will form unbelievable bonds with the animals.

You will be able to identify them even when they are beside a few other animals of the same species, you learn the minute differences between each. You will learn to differentiate between species by the smell of their shit. How I would explain the differences between animals to new staff 

“Shami (the serval) looks like she is wearing eyeliner while her sister doesn’t.” 

“Shahweh  (another serval) looks old, Cash looks younger”

“Narnia has crazy eyes, her brother looks more sweeter”

“Maple (the raccoon) can open doors, her brother can’t”

You learn their traits, their personalities, you can anticipate their next move, you have to prep your self when carrying different animals as even though they are the same species, they. like to be carried in different ways. 



Me with my boy “Teddy Bear” his real name is “Tad” but that’s my special name for him. I absolutely adore Tad. He is the one that is responsible for most of the scratches on my body that you saw in the earlier pics. All unintentional .. He’s an absolute sweet heart.. 

Binturongs are actually quite the savage beast in the wild and can kill even King Cobras. His tail is strong enough to strangle a human being , but Tad doesn’t care about all that, he just wants his bananas.

5) Small thing to take note of, you can actually score brownie points when you’re overseas and do some pretty cool things when people find out what you do!

When I was in England in February, I visited London zoo and I spoke to their very own show presenter. When I told him that I work in a zoo too, he allowed me to come to the back of house and even go to carry this adorable madam Daphne! 




Show presenter meeting show presenter! I was also allowed to witness some training of the animals which was so awesome!

Had to post the pic beacuse who doesn’t love a penguin?!

6) You appreciate animals more than you thought possible, for every little amazing thing that they do and are. And you will fill you phone storage up with their pictures!








And you have fun educating people about them!

Above: My mother is laughing because she’s so happy to be beside an owl! Far right is her sister, my aunt.



7) It will be one of the most rewarding, tiring , frustration, fun jobs of your life and the memories will stick with you. 

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London Parliament Attack

So this is a serious post. I’ve just been reading updates on Facebook form friends and family in the UK detailing an attack on Parliament in London. Now the reason why I am so worried is because I am half English. My Dad is English and I spent the first half of my life in the UK, In south London in a place called Croydon.  

I have a lot of friends and family including cousins, 2 brothers, nieces, and friends all living in South London. Some of whom travel into central London for work, or are living nearer to Central London than they were when I  knew them. Luckily everyone seems to be ok even though I me till waiting for messages from my brothers, but they usually reply late anyway so I m not too worried yet.

So let me record down what I have found out so far, be it from my friends/ family, or online news articles:

  • 4 people are dead, including a Police officer and the London Terrorist
  • 20 people injured after the Terrorist mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge.
  • Attacker was shot by policemen as he charged at he Palaceof Westminster.
  • Attacker has been described by witnesses as an Asian man in his 40’s who was seen carrying knives with what was estimated to be 8 inch Blades.

So from what I gather is that he first used his car to hit pedestrians walking along Westminster Bridge. An eye witness said that he was going roughly 35 Miles per hour which is actually pretty fast and can do damage if you were to hit someone. In this case 20 people have been reported as hurt among them was a group of French children. After the incident it has been reported that 3 of the children were injured.

At about 2.45pm the attacker then got out of his car and fatally stabbed a plain clothes policeman. As he was charging towards a 2nd officer, clutching a large knife he was shot by the police.  He was later pronounced dead by Paramedics.

Injured pedestrians


Paramedics attending to the gunshot wound of the terrorists. You can see that the 2 knives used in the attack are circled in red
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The attacker was later pronounced as dead. Along with a police man and 2 others

Injured pedestrian injured in car hit

This is heart-breaking but I think we need to remember that these actions were caused by the man, not his religion. 

There are Christians and Hindus and Buddhists as well as Muslims that feel the need to hurt people, to kill and no doubt that Muslims are going to get a hell of a lot of shit from people for this one man’s act. 

I understand that people are scared and hurt and upset but as cliched as it sounds, we just gotta love everyone man. Muslims didn’t do this, THIS MAN DID THIS.There are millions of Muslims that I’m sure would condemn this man for what he did . 

I’m an atheist so I don’t believe in a god of any kind, but that doesn’t mean to say that I am against every one that has a religion. I have fantastic Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Catholic , Christian friends and I’m not going to turn around tomorrow and tell the Muslims, “look at what your religion did..” 
My thoughts go out to the friends and families grieving those that tragically lost their lives during the horrific attack as well as those who have been injured. Even to those who were not injured by endured a very scary traumatising incident.  

Pictures of attack taken from: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/22/man-shot-police-outside-parliament-officer-reportedly-shoots/

Oh Shit….

So I was half way through another blog post and I got a notification for a new Email which read as follows:

So I went back to the job portal that I have been applying jobs on for days now just to kinda figure out what I applied for because I applied for so many and also I had no idea what “a copy test” was. 

So this is what I found:


I don’t know whether to laugh or just tell myself  I’m a damn idiot. Not only have I not worked in an advertising company before, or done any sort of writing for a living, I applied for the HEAD OF COPY! TO BE A SENIOR WRITER! 

I’M JUST SITTING HERE LIKE OMG, WHAT NOW?!

So I went straight to google to find out what a copy writer was exactly:


So you know that doesn’t sound too bad does it? I don’t know, so I went back to the original advertisement to see what qualifications were needed to become the “head of copy”… And look at what my smart-ass found:

Yup, not only should you be at least in the mid of your career level but you should have 4 years of experience as well as a DEGREE!
So let’s just sum this up, I’m not even in the career coz I’ve never done it before so I’m whatever it’s called before you start out, I have 0 years of experience and I only have my high school O’levels, At least I got an A1 in English for that . So what made me think that I would get this job? Lol I gotta give it to myself, sometimes I really don’t care , and I do things because either A) They make me laugh or B) Just because..

But you know what this means? I gotta go and find out as much about his company as well as what the HELL is a copy test?! Wish me luck! I am going to need it so much!
Oh if anyone actually works or has worked as a copy writer, please give me some advice! I would greatly appreciate it. 

*On a side note, it may appear that I over-reacted to this but I be been jobless for about 1 and a half weeks and my money is running out. I need a job and this is the first job that have gotten back to me and I really don’t wanna screw it up. I’m literally rationing out food at home and trying to eat less so my mum can eat more because I can’t afford to keep buying food. So I m just over excited I guess.

Still looking..

So I am still looking for a job. The fact that I did not stay in my Diploma course long enough to complete it is now causing me a huuuugggeee problem. I’m pretty sure that in our mothers, fathers youth (Can I still say that I’m young? I m 28, I think that I still qualify) it would have been good enough if you had finished your high school let alone Diploma or degree.

 But things are different now and I guess it will always rein true that I realize (I actually realised many many years ago) that Kids! Your education is so important! You can literally be anything that yo want to be if you just buckle down and study.

So I’m thinking of applying to Dubai at their new night safari. Like a night zoo, very similar to what I was doing for 5 years. I know a few people over there and they said it’s really good. 

The park is still under construction or something and will only be open something like next year. So if I were to apply, I would literally be the pioneer batch. You know that in itself is very very tempting. To be one of the first people. 

How many people get that chance, to be a part of something that  will probably be around for many many more years to come?! It’s exciting!

But I have done some research and although it is very liberal for the Middle East. It’s still not quite liberal enough:

That one above, I’m not sure I can do it. Anyone who knows me knows that I curse like a sailor. It’s illegal, I can’t believe that .

So while I may not like it, I understand that it is an Islamic state and there’s really nothing much that I can do about this I guess. For me , this will be super hard because I always hug my guy friends when I see them.

Again, the above will be difficult because sometimes you do just need to have a drunken night out , don’tcha? But it’s against the holy rules. Muslims can’t drink alcohol so I guess if I were to go over there, the positive side would be that I won’t have the chance to act like a complete fool.

A bit of a silly rule in my opinion but again, there’s nothing I can do about it. I mean it’s not an impossible thing to do .

I guess just due to the fact that Women are deemed something like a less worthy species than men, I will definitely not be dating should I choose to head over there to work so this would not be an issue for me.

So I guess I have a lot to think over. I mean I have known about vacancies over there for a while now but I guess that as a woman and as a diabetic woman, it’s a lil bit more scary than it would be for my male friends that are over here right now.



Pictures from http://www.expatwoman.com/dubai/monthly_faqs_dubai_dress_code_8955.aspx

A bitter diabetic…

So here’s what happened at my new job, as promised. 

Well within the first 30 min I would say, she started making comments about my weight and how I need to lose “at least 3 kg”. When I voiced out that I am happy with how  I look she disguised her insults as care and concern over my diabetes. Oh yes, I am a diabetic. A type 1 diabetic since I was 8…. Well one month before I was 8 years old. This year marks 20 frigging years!
So anyway, she would just pass comments about my diet and talk over me when I tried to correct her. Bear in mind, she has a type 1 diabetic niece so really should know better. A lot of what she was saying we’re all misconceptions like how I shouldn’t eat anything that contains sugar. Diabetics, popular to contrary belief do need sugar at times. Having a “hypo” (Low blood sugar) can literally result in death, and I have come so close too may times. 

So anyway, I put up with her yelling at me for no reason, her unreasonable rules such as not being allowed to sit in her chair at front desk because that is “her chair”, which led me to having to stand for close to 4 hours with nothing to do. I saw her make another staff member cry, I saw her argue and talk badly about other staff members infront of customers. There were just so many things that pissed me off about that one day.

After work I met a very good friend by the name of Angela and we had a drink and I vented out, almost close to breaking down. I decided to just keep on going because I had to. I needed the money. So after our drinks I went home and prepared myself for the next day.

Oh boy the next day did indeed come and I entered the work place at 10.30am with a very heavy heart. She seemed to be ok at first but then at one point she suddenly said, infront of other people mind you, that “All diabetics are ill disciplined” going on to add that this was how they got their diabetes in the first place. THIS PISSED ME THE HELL OFF!

 

So let me just repeat that for those of you at the back, “The exact cause of Type 1 diabetes is UNKNOWN”. BABIES have been known to get diabetes weeks after birth, some are even born with it, so how is it that the baby was irresponsible. Yes, I know there is the very frustrating misconception that an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise gives you diabetes. This may be a contributing factor to TYPE 2 diabetes, but not type 1. I explained this to her and she kept cutting me off until eventually she asked, “What is type 1?”

Hold up! The fact h that she did not even know that there were different types of diabetes pissed me off even more and showe just how stupid she was… Or is.

*Just a side note, upon meeting a diabetic, non-diabetics should never try to give advice or say stupid things like “oh did you eat too many sweets as a kid?” NO! Don’t make stupid jokes like “If I eat anymore cake I’m gonna get diabetes!” NO! It is incredibly incredibly offensive.     

I would never make such a comment about disease I knew nothing about. Even if it were true, I would ot be so rude or offensive. That is not how you act as a decent human being. I decided to ride it out and when I got home I spoke to my mum crying Lao bad at the discrimination and utter ignorance. I decided I old not go back and I may have made a stupid decision but I will not work in a place where the boss has no respect for staff. I t is disgusting . 

So that’s basically how I got into this black hole right now. I m unemployed , running out of cash, haven’t paid numerous bills, I guess the only thing I have is my pride.

I had some people tell me I shouldn’t have le it affect me because now look at whether position I’m in. But then I also have people who tell me that I did the right thing and that she’s a bitch. I’m inclined to side with the latter.

            
To be honest , John can go and fuck himself for this stupid joke. You don’t get diabetes from eating candy bars. PLease stop. This is not funny. This is my life, diabetic lives, it’s not a joke.

The Mandella Effect

Soooooo originally I wanted to make my first post kinda like an introduction about myself but I found a topic that’s way more interesting. I’ll introduce myself some other time. 

Now, I’m pretty slow to catch up so I’ve literally just found out about this so-called conspiracy.. And MIND-FUCKING-BLOWN!!!! 

So let me copy over an explanation for those few of you that may not have heard about it:

A bizarre conspiracy theory known as the ‘Mandela Effect’ is emerging, and more and more people are buying into it.

The theory is named after many people’s belief that Nelson Mandela actually died in prison rather than going on to rule South Africa and dying in 2013 – claims memories from a parallel universe could seep over into this one.

– https://www.google.com.sg/amp/s/www.express.co.uk/news/weird/763194/Mandela-Effect-Conspiracy-theory-parallel-universes/amp

http://www.newsby2.com/2017/01/10/15-best-examples-mandela-effect/    

So if I understand correctly its that things happened in a different universe or whatever and the effects from that has changed the present but we may still remember how they were before they were changed. This has been done by time travellers or whatever.

Now, if you know me, you will know that I DO NOT BELIEVE IN CRAP LIKE TIME TRAVELLING AND DIFFERENT DIMENSIONS. BUT, hold on a second there… Some of the examples are waaaayyyy to weird to just ignore. Let me show you: 

1)            The Monopoly Man      

Which one do you remember from your childhood? If you’re like me, you would have chosen the fella with the monocle… BUT IN ACTUAL FACT, apparently, the Monopoly Man never ever wore a monocle and has always been the one on the right! Whaaatt?! I swear I remember him as having the monocle.. But apparently not.. Weird huh? 

2) Snow White and The 7 Dwarfs 

Who has not watched Snow White? Almost every single one of us would have watched this classic. So can you remember what it is she says when she’s standing in front of the mirror? Probably something like “Mirror Mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” would come to mind.. Right? WRONG! She actually says “MAGIC MIRROR on the wall…” now I know I am not the only one who remembers it as “Mirror Mirror..” and not “Magic Mirror”…Click here to see the scene from the movie!
 

3) Life Is/Was like a box of chocolates..

Remember this scene from Forrest Gump. How can we forget when he said “My mama always said, life is like a box o’ chocolates” but did he say that though? The answer is no.. He actually says “life WAS like a box o’ chocolates” it sounds weird when I try and say it like this but hey, here’s the proof!

 4) “Hello Clarice”

This is a famous line from the legendary movie Silence of the Lambs. Those that have watched it may remember him saying it when meeting Clarice for the first time. Wait for it though… HE NEVER DID! He simply said “Good evening Clarice” . It’s a famous line from the movie, but it never happened… Mind blown!!!! 

                                                                                                                                                               

    5) Loony Toons

We all know these guys, the loony toons, loony car-toons, that makes sense right? But were you aware that they have always been called The loony TUNES?! How does that even make sense?! 

This picture being from the 1930’s

        https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Looney_Tunes                                                                                                    

   6) Star Wars 

“Luke, I am your father” such an iconic phrase from a movie, used in memes and conversations all over.. But infact, he does not say Luke’s name at all. He could have been claiming rights to anyone in the universe because he actually just says “No, I am your father”

  https://www.techly.com.au/2016/03/31/darth-vader-never-said-luke-i-am-your-father-in-star-wars/

How  is it that so many of us got it wrong???

7) Bern…Stain? 

I gotta admit that I was never a fan of this cartoon or book or whatever it was but I know that I have heard people talk about them and it was always “Bernstein Bears”. Turns out, it was never Bernstein but actually it was Bernstain Bears. 

This is one of the most talked about Mandella effect cases as most people remember Bernstein, but again.. Look at this: 

Was it just a misspelling that caught on? 

It’s one thing if only one or two people remember it one way, but if literally thousands of people remember it differently from how it is now, is that proof of alternate dimensions? 

Just like the butterfly effect, did a time traveller go back and make a seemingly insignificant changes that somehow altered our memories of what is real and what is not? 

I for one, am pretty sure the the monocle-d Monopoly Man was a thing. 

There are loads more examples of the Madella effect, I may make a follow up post on it because you know, as a total cynic when it comes to these kinda things… I’m genuinely intrigued. 

                                       

Yup I used to be a zoo Keeper… What happened? 

So just to be clear, this is my second post. I’m writing this after the “Mandela effect” post ..

So just a lil bit about how I got to this point in my life.. I did indeed used to be a zookeeper.. My official title was “Animal trainer/Show presenter”. 

I gotta say, it was a great job and I would recommend people all over the world to try and work in a zoo at least for a short period of your lives. It’s a fulfilling job, and you learn so much, gain so many new skills, for example if a binturong were to jump off of me, I’d know to hold the base of its tail (not all the skills will be useful in any other location than the zoo) 

Binturong- otherwise know as the Asian Bearcat. They are actually not related to bear or cats and instead belong to the Civet family.

I would present shows nightly, laughing either with or at the audience. Fun times. Met a lot of fantastic guests from all over the world. So what happened? 

Well, I worked for 5 years and I had 3 managers throughout that time. The last manager, who is still the current manager, she had no direction, I personally felt that she was not fair in her treatment of staff, I felt that animals were literally dropping dead because of her inability to have common sense, and I’m not the only one. I’d heard bad stories about animal care from many people. Now I must add a disclaimer, all this that I have written, it’s my opinion (as well as whole lot of other people’s as well) and so I don’t have solid proof to say “because of this that you did, this and this happened” …. But trust me when I say, I’m not the only one that thinks so. 

 The overall morale of the department was at an all time low, and from what I hear, it still is.. So I was offered a new job and I left and joined a new company…………… And that’s the cue for me to start a new post because, boy! Do I have a lot to get off my chest concerning that!!