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The Rock-itt : March 2010
but worse had happened a dayor2 earlier. Cheetahs - magnificent, lightening fast, ravenous creatures, and like the rest of us, they like a good warm meal. A few days before the emu incident, I was cleaning out the show roosters pen with my fellow coat -hangered friend, Tan. Five good looking roosters sat in their pen while we carefully cleaned around them, and I could not help but notice two in particular were very colourful and handsome roosters, while the other three were just plain white. The owner of the sanctuary, Darcy, who I had come to like a quite lot, as did everyone, was a man with a good sense of humour, a missing tooth and a big heart. These were his roosters that he planned to sell for a decent amount of money or breed with his existing hens. Tan and I were almost finished cleaning the cage, all had so far gone well and we were happy to have finished such an awkward task. Of course things were about to change for the worst as they tend to do when I was involved. One of the colourful roosters, like the emu, decided he was over the pen, clean or not, and took off out the door. We did the best we could, two klutz's running into each other trying desperately to capture this damn rooster. The rooster ran in between the crocodile enclosure and the cheater fence -- flew up onto the top of the fence and sat there looking down on us, planning his next move. Either way it didn't look good, we needed help, we got some, although possibly wasn't the best help out there. A fellow male volunteer got a net and charged at the rooster. The rooster wasn't going back on the inside. He took his chances and flew to what he hoped would be a new life, and it kinda was... he landed safely, and relaxed when he saw we weren't coming in after him. He lasted about 10 minutes. A cheater saw him, pounced, and had the most attractive meal in his life. Needless to say Darcy wasn't happy. Although he took the news fairly well, after we made him a sympathy card stating -- "he was a good rooster, he was a tasty rooster". Well, adventures like these just aren't adventures without the good, the bad, and the certain death. But it wasn't all bad things that happened there. There were a lot of second chances given out to many of these animals. Without the sanctuary operating most would be dead for sure. In my time there were a lot of calls from locals with newborns or injured creatures that needed help. These calls included a baby cerval, a baby lynx, a baby springbok, a litter of meerkats and many different types of birds. It was all hands on experience. I learnt a lot there, got to feed and play with all the animals, as well as being able to be a part of their rehabilitation. I also got to meet a lot of great people who I got to share the experience with -- and whether I ever get to see them again or not, I'll always remember my time with them! I would like to introduce them to you all. Tanya, my partner in crime, fellow murderer, room(shack)mate and road tripper. Noddy, the problem solving Pomy - always up for a giggle and a game of cards, and another road tripper! Mike 'Boston Legal' 19 years old and 19 feet tall, spoke like a true stoner. Sabine, a dark skinned African rocker, trapped inside a German body, who will never ride a horse again. Fritzie 'Frightzal' magnificent opera singing, man dazzler mother of one loving goat. Always up to something no good. Gemma 'newbie' fellow shack-mate, also known for pulling the hottest guy in the pub! Daniele mother hen, animal toy maker, and heat cream giver. Gave priceless advice in the dealings with French men. Ali -- honest, say it to your face, lion lover. Only toughed it out for a week at the sanctuary, but was a great pom to have around! I hope I've inspired you all to do something worthwhile in your free time. I feel it's made me a better person and can't wait to pay off my mammoth long credit card bill to go and do it all again! Keep living the adventurous life, kids!