Gorillas and Crazy Dogs

I’ve been in Gabon for four days now and it has been an interesting week so far…

Bonnie (who was Petal, but got renamed) broke her back leg by jumping out of a moving truck a week after I left Rabi. Poor little thing had to have a splint and, by all accounts, was really hurting. My back to back took her under her wing and has been looking after her 24/7. She has been sleeping in our room and sitting in a makeshift dog basket in our office during the day for the last three weeks. Sharon has done a great job and Bonnie really has become a lovely dog.

However, cut to my arrival, and it would appear that Bonnie is getting a lot better. She does not want to lie in her basket all day in my office, and is really active in phases during the night. So, as well as the jet lag, I am also getting about 4 hours sleep a night and running around during the day trying to anticipate when she needs to go out to go to pee etc. It has been fun, but I have got very little actually done and the lack of sleep is starting to make my nerves fray a bit. My hat is raised in absolute admiration for anyone with children….I can imagine that this experience is only partially as harrowing as that of looking after a young baby…

So, today I had to bite the bullet and take Bonnie back to the yard and kennel where she was living before. ‘Cold hearted bitch’ I hear you cry, but in my defence , this yard is far from the road, there are people there all day who seem to do a lot of hanging about between jobs and Bonnie’s sibling is there to keep her company when no-one is around. She took one look at her puppy brother and completely forgot all about me when I took her over there, so I don’t think she is heartbroken, and I will get some sleep tonight.

On another interesting note there have been two sightings near the camp in the last two days of a HUGE gorilla. Even one of the guys who has been here a long time has said that he has not seen one this big before. I am keeping my camera ready in case I get lucky enough to see it too…

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