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Cheetahs are fast

Well, you probably knew that already, but seeing them run is another thing. The Cheetah Run here at CCF actually is a nice way of experiencing their speed – when the cheetahs chase after the lure at 45 km/h, with one knowing they could easily make double that speed, one can’t help but be amazed. The way they use their tails as rudders and how they jump and try to grab the rag is really breathtaking.

After the run I got to do the feeding for the Leopard pens (Leopard because the CCF’s only pen suitable for a leopard is in the vicinity) which includes Cruise (who lives separated from the others since he’s really old by now) Obi-Wan, Anakin and two other cheetahs. Today was head day, meaning the four cheetahs (not Cruise since he’s aged so much he can’t eat it anymore) got a juicy donkey head. Yummy.

Following that, we were told what the shovels in the back are there for. Answer: for us. To be used in road maintenance, another strenuous job that we managed to successfully complete. The deepest hole was about a metre deep and probably had been dug by and aardvark, an animal with an obvious fondness for holes, digging holes and… err, holes.

The next thing on my schedule was Bellebenno again. We fed the cats once more using juicy donkey meat, but this time not one was missing, but three of them. They’re probably show up soon, since hunger is a good way of making a cat less shy.

Of all the activities today I got some high-definiton video footage for use in our project. We still need to start interviewing, but at least we got some stock footage to fill them in. In any case I’ll be going to sleep now, and I already know I’ll be sleeping well after another day full of hard, but somehow rewarding work.

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I got a picture of myself…

…but that’s not exactly what I wanted – camera traps are nasty things. At least it wasn’t completely my fault, we all saw the flash go off. After scanning in the morning instead of cleaning the goat kraal I was assigned to scanning. Sad stories are buried in those folders, but that’s nothing we’re supposed to read anyway. Just scanning, page after page after page…

After dinner this continued. Well, at least that’s what I was aiming to do, but many things kept me from fulfilling my task. For example, there was suddenly a cub workout on the schedule. They anaesthetised the  little one in order to be able to stitch a wound on his leg he got somewhere. Since they shaved parts of his leg I was able to grab a minuscule amount of cub fur 😀

Tomorrow’s going to start with a cheetah run – we still don’t know anything about the details of the video project we are supposed to do yet, but we figured that starting to get some footage of what you can experience at the CCF would be a nice thing to do. We’ll probably ask people if they’re fine giving opinions and interviews on CCF and try to have the video camera with us at all times so we can capture any striking impressions. Since I will also be on another feeding run tomorrow I might try to get some footage of that as well.

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