Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Mali the Hippo was the honoured guest at a grand birthday party last week, something she well deserves, as the second oldest resident of Dusit Zoo has produced nearly 14 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren living in parks in Bangkok and abroad.
Hundreds of visitors to the Bangkok Dusit Zoo offered her their best wishes, as she turned 41, second only to an elephant who is four years her senior.
A press conference was held to announce the activities for four more days of celebration.
Mali arrived from the Tillberg Zoo in the Netherlands in 1967 when she was only two. She has a very big family spread not only over Thailand but also Laos and Malaysia. Her only company now is a granddaughter and great-grandson, Tua Daeng.
Mali has been the delight of Somphong Sawatnum, 44, a keeper who has tended the hippo from the very beginning. "Mali loves all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who have lived with her. I've seen her looking after her daughter while the daughter was giving birth. She obstructed others because she didn't want them to disturb her."
"Some visitors are fans of Mali's family. I've seen them visit very often and whenever they come here, they ask me about them," said Chalong Sripumma, 31, another zoo worker.
Kids seemed very satisfied when they saw Mali enjoying eating bread and a variety of fruits and vegetables provided for her birthday with her granddaughter, Makham. Mali also received praise from her animal colleagues, who formed a parade. The procession included lions, snakes and camels.
Zoo bosses arranged other activities for visitors, such as donating fruits and vegetables to Mali, getting in free if their name is Mali, viewing an exhibition about the hippo and writing a wish for her. Children under 10 were given a miniature hippo to take home.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
It was fun anyway to get the feet soaked in the cold water the next morning, walking through the floods at snail's pace.
Monday, October 15, 2007
When it no longer works a glue trap will do the job but you gotta put some good bait such as prawns which the mice love. Since I ate all the remaining prawns at dinner, I had to get some bread put some jam on it and leave it on the centre of the trap.
The good part about the traditional trap is that you can set the rat free, but you need to go at least 3 miles away so that it does not visit your home again.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Not even a single available taxi passed by,
all that was left was me and the dark rainy sky.