Pole Energy Does Zoo Keeper For A Day

Well this was just the best day in the history of best days! For my birthday this was one of my presents and what an amazing present- excited doesn’t come into it!!

The venue was the Twilight Zone at  Chester Zoo where I would be looking after a whole host of animals including fruit bats, warty hogs, red pandas, aardvarks, sloths one many others!!

Instructions were 8am arrival and 5pm finish-no problem apparently- unless you spend ages resetting your alarm for 5.30am, forget to switch it on and wake up at 6.50am!!! I did that thing for a couple of minutes- you know jump out of bed run around in circles shouting swear words- and then I dragged my clothes on and jumped in the car and went full speed to Chester!!!

I arrived only 20 Minutes late and me and my keeper Albert( very good looking Spanish zoo keeper) got straight on it- checking for dead bats! I kid you not… the first job of the day is to check the tunnel for dead bats which is a regular occurrence! It was then off to clean out the capybaras and feed the warty hogs before a hard earned cup of tea!

One of the many astounding things I discovered was the level of expertise even the basic zoo keepers have- nearly all of them have degrees and are working towards masters for a job that is roughly minimum wage- I totally get it though-it is worth it to work with the animals!!

Anyway break over we were off to weigh the anteater ( and she is too cute) and enrich the red pandas with eucalyptus. OMG- adorable and so inquisitive-as we went over to the enclosure one of them came right up to me and I was gutted I couldn’t pick him up for a cuddle- until I saw his claws!!

After a lunchtime pit stop it was off to weigh the aardvarks who are very naughty –  in a good way –  feed the meerkats and porcupines and check on the mice species of which there were 4 different types.

And then it was sloth time – so lazy they just open their mouths for you to pop the food in ha!!

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The last and the best part of the day was feeding the bats. We had to hang various types of food round the enclosure before I did a spot af hand feeding. I had to hold a peeled banana in my hand and within 10 seconds I had about 20 bats on my arm eating it out of my hand. They are so gorgeous- like hamsters with wings!!

I then got given a little goody bag of treats before it was homeward bound, soaking wet, freezing cold and stinking!!

I can honestly say this was an amazing day and I would recommend anyone to do it. The keepers do an amazing job and the rewards of looking after the animals are second to none! X