Day 9 - An extremely eventful day
Trip Start Jan 10, 2013
89Trip End Jun 06, 2013
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My second eventful part of the day was my extremely busy lunch break
So first up we have machete sloth. She came in with her ear macheted off and she has this weird skin thing on both hands and one of her feet. I thought her hands had been skinned but Marcelo told me he thought she had some kind of kidney infection and so the skin had started to deteriorate because of it. She's had her hands in bandages for a few days but when I saw it before it looked, well skinned, but healthy. Two of the claws on one of her hands were black and so I already thought there was something wrong with this hand. I thought maybe the claws were dead but oh my god. When Marcelo took the bandage off it was like her skin over most of her entire pad was stripped away. Marcelo had to cut off the two claws and you could see two ENTIRE bones. Think of it like having two completely skinned fingers down to the knuckle but with none of the top part of the finger or nail. I honestly wish I'd taken a photo to show you how insane it looked. Poor darling. I helped clean up her other hand and foot that were damaged and then I tried to wash off as much of the urine from her as possible
Next up was the incredibly feisty Miss Vickie. She was the sloth who managed to escape last time but only got as far as the next section before deciding she hated freedom. She's been developing similar sores to the ones that Sarita, Zoey, Piphany etc had last time. They're slightly different though, they're not circular, and she's getting a lot of them. She also keeps scratching at them which isn't really helping. Marcelo just treated all of her wounds and changed her bandages, I gave her some bene-bac (by kind of rubbing it in her mouth after I'd injected it so she didn't just have this giant glob in her throat!) and I put her back. She had been split up from Spencer, her previous roommate, because they're trying not to have makes and females together. However Marcelo said he doesn't want her more stressed out then she has to be so back she went with her old friend.
They have a fairly new sloth in the clinic too, she came in on the 18th of January because she was on a power line and the people who found her realised she had a really infected foot. You definitely could say that. I literally spent maybe 20 minutes? Squeezing her foot and getting all of the pus out of it. It kept going and going. It was the Duracell Bunny of infected feet
So after all of my sloth education with Marcelo I still managed to stomach a huge lunch, it's lucky I'm good with gross stuff! Because seriously, that bone. WOW. Sloths are seriously amazing though, they can survive so much that would usually put a human out of action for a good long time. Incredible little creatures.
It was then back to normal volunteer duties, another sloth lost a claw, it always looks so painful
Marcelo asked Santiago where Gigia was buried for me today and he took me to where it was. It's actually right at the back of section 6 (the new section near the kitchen). He's buried under a really lovely mango tree and I'm glad he's nearby. I might ask Judy if I can plant something there that grows easily here, some kind of flower. It still makes me so sad that I can't see him everyday. He really was my sloth soulmate.
I really don't have long left, how time flies when you're with one of the slowest creatures on the planet.