A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper

A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper
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Friday, October 02, 2015

Inclement Weather = Bored Piglet

So - we are having inclement weather here - extended inclement weather which is a giant pain in the rump.

By inclement I mean rainy - and today actually pretty cold - in the 50s.  This means the following - sleepy ferrets and kitties, a dog on the verge of a nervous breakdown, a bored piglet and a somewhat unmotivated zookeeper.

It's kinda funny to think that Winston was a sub division piglet who hardly ever went outside just a couple of months ago.  Now that he has room to roam he does not have any love for being stuck inside. Sadly Winston was up very early this morning.  I put him out to go potty and he quickly did his business and wanted back in - he hates the rain.  While he was waiting for breakfast time to roll around he decided to have a little snack of drywall...geez.  Luckily I have become quite savvy at spackling and painting.  Then breakfast - then trips outside between downpours.  Then some time in the bedroom with Emma and I which ended in carpet biting and getting sent to his bed.  Sigh.  So - around 4:00 there was a break in the rain.  I threw on a sweatshirt, grabbed a handful of cookies and made the piglet go down to the mailbox with me.  I think he had mixed feelings about this.

He was happy to be outside and doing something, and happy to have cookies.  He was not happy it was sprinkling on him and he was really not happy with big gusts of wind blew big drops of rain out of the trees on him.  He made it about 3/4 of the way to the mailbox before he stopped and cussed me out while I went the rest of the way.  Then we turned around and headed back - strategically avoiding the mushroom bloom that occurred in the front yard because of all the rain.  Fortunately he did all his business while we were out and about so I know he is comfy while he is stuck in his room....

Once inside I gave him half of his dinner - I thought I would break it into two meals so he would have something to do later tonight.  Poor guy.

He has actually been pretty good for being cooped up....not sure how he will do with the 3 additional days of rain we have in the forecast.

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