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Monday, August 12, 2013

SHERI THE CFZ INTERN: Day 3 - Saturday

A much earlier start to the day today, at the small hour of eleven o’clock. Tea and cereal later, the day’s work commenced. The last of the feed for the pond fish was thrust in and they began munching on their tiny cigars. Raw chicken pieces were placed in with the amphiuma as well as with the crow. Unfortunately, both were feeling self-conscious and waited until we left before tucking in.

Some of the tanks then needed cleaning. With a distinct lack of magnetic glass cleaners, up rolled my sleeves. Each needed the algae scrubbing off with a sponge by my bare hands (health and safety!). Of course, non bite, but the caecilians did investigate my fingers, which must have looked like worms to them. Despite this, theirs was the most appealing tank to plunge my arm into, due to its warmth.

The museum then had to be cleared somewhat, for its upcoming use as a sleeping chamber by 3/4 people. Chairs and things were removed and it was given a sweep. The bigfoot model was due for a grooming. Hopefully Prudence didn’t mind us using her brush for this. Some patches of fur needed to be mended by means of needle and thread.

I achieved little else after this. Nor did the others as guests arrived from Geordie-land. They had brought some tasty treats, i.e. hash and potato stew and ‘stotty cake’, as well as gleeful manner. This set into motion an evening of jovial consumption.

EDITOR'S NOTE: That is a very ladylike way of putting it

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