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A Quick Update From The Jungle

sunny 29 °C

All of my clothes have been wet for 4 days now and they have achieved that stinking stench that occurs if you leave your clothes in the washing machine for too long. It’s pretty gross but everyone is in the same boat so I’m not the only mouldy person walking around. Fingers crossed the rain lets up for a couple of days to dry everything out.

I got bitten by Pepper again today which I think makes that bite number five. My hands have holes and scratches all over them. I especially hate the days we give oranges out for snacks because the acidic juices make me want to cry.

Totito has come off heat now and is back to hating on all men.

There is only one monkey on the runners that I can’t handle or be near. His name is Gumilo and there is something about me that makes him either want to viciously maul me whenever I am near or sit in a quivering ball and cry. I have a theory that perhaps I remind him of someone from his past that mistreated him. But whatever it is I can’t go near him. This is sometimes a problem if someone moves him and I don’t realise and all of a sudden from the corner of my eye I see him lunging with all of his big, shiny, white teeth through the air at me.

I became accepted friends with KP today. She is one of the monkeys that are permanently in pens. It was nice to be able to groom and play with her through the cage. She is really funny once you get to know her. I’m still working on the big boys though.

Found out tonight that we start early again tomorrow because now we need to haul sand up to Spider Park for the cementing of Mickey-Thomas’s pen. I’ll be fit when I get back home :)

Cheers, Kyle

Posted by KyleMac 17:11 Archived in Bolivia Tagged monkey animal coca volunteer tortuga male thunderstorm puente puma bite capuchin quarantine cesar cochabamba pepper yassi inti alpha tunari villa_tunari ciwy wara espiritu_santo_bridge totito kp gumilo

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Your theory about the monkey being mistreated is probably the closest to why this monkey doesn't seem to like you, but did you consider it could also be a jealousy thing too! Maybe you are a threat to him!!! ha ha ha only joking! stay away from him and what did I say about 'no more bites'! :)

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