After the writing of yesterday’s blog, was the morning de-briefing/ tea-break and, then, the animal feeding rounds. There is an odd sense of joy I get from handling worms, although, I do feel mean dropping them into the tanks as they struggle against the water and the fish nibbling at them. At least the pike eats them quickly.
We then completed the proof-reading of yesterday’s journal, before looking at how to change files, to make them into a format more suitable for the production of e-magazines. At first, this seemed like it would be quite difficult, but actually turned out to be relatively simple. Following this, we began work editing the new book on big cats, by Dr. Karl Shuker and the new version of George Eberhart’s cryptozoological encyclopaedia.
There was an amount of animal handling done, during this time, in the form of Spider, the ginger cat, monopolising my lap. Though I’m not sure it’s what my university had in mind while teaching me handling techniques.
Even though this office focused element of the job is not as exciting as other elements, it is still an important part of being a cryptozoologist and I am grateful for the opportunity to learn it and begin to be a contributing part of the cryptozoological community.
Before retiring for the night, there was a second car-ride in search of big cats and, again, none were seen.