This is the first night I actually slept through and was startled by my alarm. It's getting quieter and a lot of people are leaving because this is the last day of the Chinese holiday.
The park opens at 830AM and we are suppose to be at our enclosures at 840AM. Normally (all of 2 days) they let us through the gates early as long as we have our volunteer card but no one was at the gate this morning. In order to be on time, I opted to take the shuttle, 15 CNY (2.25USD) for 4 rides. I still had a 5 minute walk to the enclosure but I was there in plenty of time. This also gave me an opportunity to take a time lapse of what I've been walking every day. Well at least a portion of it.
I was able to take some before and after pics of the cleaning this morning. We have to ask our keeper permission whenever we want to take photos so I was happy our keeper was ok with it.
We clean the outside enclosure first. Gather all the bamboo, sweep the leaves, shovel the poo... not complicated but still physical. Plus add on some rain. I am normally soaked after, a nice mixture between rain and sweat.
The keeper takes panda bread and basically baits the panda to go outside in order for us to clean inside. Today, Jin Ke was not having the rain. The keeper threw the P. bread into the outside enclosure. Jin Ke went out, grabbed the bread, and got back inside before the keeper could close the gate. He's pretty damn smart. He leisurely ate the bread while we waited, laughing pretty much the entire time.
They couldn't get him to go back out with bread so they moved him into the weight (wait LOL) room while we cleaned.
The hostel is pretty cold so when I got back to the room after lunch I bundled up, turned the heating blanket on, and basically morphed into a toasty cocoon. After an hour of being nestled and warm, I headed back for the last 2 feedings.
During the break, we walked down a path close to our enclosure that lead to more unoccupied enclosures. The one we cleaned yesterday was all the way at the end. The path was really nice and had a few gazebos to sit in. You could hear pandas in the distance but it for real felt like I was in Jurassic Park. I wish I could have gotten a video just so you could hear it. By the time I got my camera out, the only thing you could hear was a donkey hee-hawing... random AF.
Here's another time-lapse coming back. We do this walk 4 times a day. I am going to try to "Map My Walk" to see how long it actually is Monday.
We made dumplings before dinner. I immediately made a fork crimp (using a chopstick) like you would with a pie crust (thanks mom) and the trend caught on.
The kitchen staff fried and boiled them for us to have with our dinner.
Had a our second Chinese lesson to help us navigate through Leshan to see the giant Buddha tomorrow. We're on our own so wish me luck. Panda out.