The Grass Is Always Greener.
In the 1980’s, seven pounds a day for twelve hours was not great.
7am – Transit around collecting dead animals; Gazelles, Zebras and always Monkeys among the dead. After the corpses, the toilets, Cattle heads for the Lions to chase later and a sack of potatoes to be peeled and boiled for the Elephants.
This was all before the Safari-Park was open to the public. Once open, my job was to keep the free-ranging animals and the free-ranging public apart without incidents leading to insurance claims.
Around 7pm the animals were corralled back to their enclosures and fed. For reference; to lead an Elephant, simply hold a stick horizontally in front of it and it will wrap its trunk around the stick and follow. Not sure what you do if it doesn’t! Once penned, the two Elephants were held by a chain as they had tusks and both bore scars from previous skirmishes. We put a pile of ‘tatties’ at the sharp end, but obviously the other Elephant had more to eat, so immediately the food arrived their trunks crossed to the other’s pile of food and they ate the neighbour’s entire meal – every day! Strangely one of the jobs each morning was to remove a similarly-sized pile from the floor at the blunt end of each Elephant and wheel-barrow it into a skip. While doing this, the now loose Elephants tried to nudge the wheel-barrower into the skip. What fun!
1 Timothy 6 v 7-9…”for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these, but those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.” Contentment indeed?
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