November 12, 2009
Vet Report: Highs, Lows & Pink Dolphins
We all had quite a traveling experience. The week saw high highs and low lows. Caballo Cocha is a great, friendly, social town, where many gather in the town square each evening, Families set up a table and cook their food while music played. A brass band even joined in. It was such a pleasant experience. At a certain hour, the plaza would empty just as quickly as it had sprung to life!
Every morning at 6 am we were awoken to the dulcit tones of some guy with a loudspeaker, I'm not sure whether his blurbs were religious or political, but he talked for ages.
The second locale was a wood hut with a mud floor and one light bulb and no water except for what we had brought along. It was far from ideal, but we managed some surgeries and treated many more animals for parasites, fleas, vaccinations, etc.
The children were fascinated with us, and delighted in seeing themselves captured on the screens of our digital cameras.
The only real low was the sickness that plagued most of us. The heat alone was difficult to contend with, but many also suffered gastrointestinal problems from the food available. Some of us saw the week out on water and soda biscuits.
Despite these issues, I must end on a positive note. A lifetime memory for me will be watching the beautiful and rare pink dolphins play in the lagoon as the sun set. It is a beautiful, magical site that takes place in an idyllic setting.
Photo of Debbie Baird by Carolien Grim