For some stupid reason I always think that the next week cannot be as bad as this but it always is. To give some idea of how busy it can be I will at the end of this past a list of just some of the things we have dealt with this week.
One unusual call I received this week was from the Government Veterinary Hospital just outside Mapusa. They had been taken a monkey that had been hit on the road and it escaped inside their surgery and savaged someone so they immediately called me. When I arrived I asked where it was and they seemed surprise that I wanted just to go into the room without anything to defend myself with. The monkey that was only a couple of years old was sat in the corner of the room showing his teeth in a threatening gesture. I slowly approached and by distracting it with one hand I managed to grab it by the back of the neck by the other. This is not an action to be taken lightly because an animal of that size can do you considerable damage and can easily twist out of your grip if you do not know what you are doing. Once he was caught I put my other hand under his chin to prevent him using his considerable strength to escape.
We were then able to examine the poor little creature and thankfully his injuries were very minor but the fact he was knocked unconscious was obviously a concern in case there was bleeding in the brain. To be certain I took him home and put him in a pen over night and thankfully the next day he seemed 100%. We then contacted the man who had taken him to the veterinary hospital so that he could show us the exact location where the monkey was picked up. It was a joy to see this poor frightened young animal going rushing off back into the wild to find his friends. His particular troop was bound to be nearby as there was a banyan tree in full fruit which Langurs love and we checked with local people who said they always visited the tree around the time we released him. Added to this monkeys leave a sent trail he would easily be able to follow to find his troop.
During the week I have been called out a number of times at night but last night I was called out because someone had dumped some kittens with their eyes just about open which means they were around 10 days old. If someone had not been kind enough to call me these poor creature would have had a slow painful death by dehydration. As it was they were already badly dehydrated but at least we were able to humanely end their suffering.
Amit, our new overall manager at the centre, is doing an amazing job of streamlining the centre to ensure every rupee is used to maximum efficiency. He seems to be into everything working out how we can save money on every level and using his considerable contacts to ensure we get discounts on everything. On dog food alone it seems we will be halving the cost whilst at the same time providing even better food.
Anyway I need to dash off to the centre as I have a hundred and one things to deal with so I am going to end this diatribe with a list just some of the things we have dealt with in the last few days.
Thanks for your continued support!
All the very best