Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Day at the Zoo

On a free day in Juigalpa, I decided to go to the zoo they have there.  Before I went, I was worried about what kind of conditions the animals would be in, but it exceeded my decidedly low expectations.

The puma was my favorite.  She had another section to the left that she could climb to.
While I was there, there were also about five staff wandering around with a thermos and lassos.  It didn't take me too long to figure out that two of them were vets, and they were vaccinating some of the animals.  I went to watch them as they entered the sheep section, lassoed them one by one, and vaccinated them.  When they left, one of the staff looked at me and asked if I would like to help with the goats.  After learning the basics of throwing a lasso (throw, then pull to tighten the loop) I went into the goat pin with the rest of the men, and started to be the good little cowgirl I knew I could always be.  Except, most of the time I would just get part of a horn or hoof, so they kept on getting away from me.  When I finally did manage to wrangle a catch, though, I got two at the same time.  Everyone cheered me and then laughed at my disappointment when they told me they had already vaccinated those two.
The vets marked every animal after vaccinating them.
So ended my failed career as a cowgirl.  It was a lot of fun, though.

1 comment:

  1. I'm impressed that you were able yo wield a lasso. In my one attempt at being a cowgirl I never was able to master it!