The saga continues...Doctor visit...Rules for feeding wildlife...


This flower is blooming from this greyish pod on a tree in the yard.
"Sighting of the Day in the Bush"
A Vervet monkey eating something rousted up in the trash in the neighborhood.  Due to the monkeys, there are caged bins in front of each property in which to enclose the garbage until the garbage truck arrives.
Soon, we're heading to the doctor to update some of the vaccinations we'd had in Minnesota six years ago.  With several boosters needed, an excellent medical clinic was recommended to us by local friends.
These two zebras stop by occasionally along with Big Daddy Kudu.
We've been putting this off for some after failing to follow through with a plan we made to do this in January.  We'd changed our minds in going to a local clinic in Buenos Aires, feeling it would make more sense to have these done while in Africa, based on potential diseases one may acquire while here.
Yesterday, after the rain, we drove toward the river to find this scene.  Adorable baby hippo with mom.
Today, we both have appointments with Dr. Theo who's located at the following phone and address: 
Telephone+27 13 793 7306
AddressRissik Medical Centre,
71 Rissik Street,
Komatipoort, 1340
A few weeks ago, I had an appointment to see Dr. Theo when it was time to have some blood tests.  Today, I'll receive the results of those tests and will schedule my vaccinations as needed.  Tom will begin his vaccinations today.
As we drove along the Crocodile River we spotted three more hippos grazing along the shore.
After the noon appointment, we'll head to the Spar supermarket for more groceries, the Butchery for a few items and the Obara hardware store to purchase a few more big bags of pellets. 
Typically, males wander the bush together while females and the young stay together.
It's been so busy with visitors in our yard that we can barely keep up.  Never more than an hour passes that we don't see any of the dozen or so species that frequently stop by.

Even the evenings are action-packed.  As it's turned out, we have more visitors now than we did four years ago at the Hornbill property, which we loved for that very reason.  The house wasn't ideal but the flow of visitors was exceptional.
Many local women are adept at carrying heavy loads atop their heads.
Now, we love this house and the steady stream of wildlife, many often returning several times a day topping the numbers we had at Hornbill.  Sure, they come for the food, not due to their "liking us" but we can dream, can't we?  When they look into our eyes, we feel an affinity with each and every one.

Even, the silly mongoose, sit in the yard and stare right at us wondering when we're getting the big green pie plate ready for them with the raw scrambled eggs.  Tom always makes the concoction and lays it in the dirt for them to devour, quickly running back up the veranda as they gather around the dish in the dozens.  These funny looking little creatures have come to know he's the food source.
In Kruger, male impalas don't seem concerned about staying close to elephants.
As soon as they see him, they begin watching his every move in anticipation of when the egg platter will be delivered.  Actually, it's rather hilarious.  And, the same goes for various groups of animals each of us has come to know more readily.

Some homeowners and renters in Marloth Park don't feed the wildlife.  They feel it domesticates them too much.  We understand this philosophy and appreciate their position.  We also struggle with this concept.
Bushbabies gently share the cup of strawberry yogurt we place on the stand for them each night.  They arrive every night when darkness falls.
But, knowing many of them desperately need nourishment and based on the quality of the vegetables, fruit, and pellets we provide, we feel we're only supplementing their grazing in the bush.

As the leaves become more sparse as winter approaches, we're particularly mindful of this dilemma.  Also, there's the concern as to who will continue to feed them when we're off to Zambia for a week next month.
It was almost dark and these five bushbuck arrives to enjoy some pellets together.  The only two we've seen together is the mom and baby who visit frequently.
These animals are smart.  If they don't find food here, they'll wander off to other homes where it's available or rely upon the bush for whatever they can find.  There's no easy answer for "to feed or not to feed."

Here is an excellent article from the Marloth Park Honorary Rangers that reviews the feeding of various grazers in the park.  It clearly defines our theory of how and what to feed the wildlife.  Please click here for the article.
Scar Face and Mutton Chops now stop by several times a day, most often together.
We've heard stories of homeowners feeding the animals their human "leftovers."  In most cases, these are not good for them, especially when it contains foods they don't normally consume.  Kudus (and others) have died after eating corn and other human products. 

Also, it's important to note that it's totally unacceptable to feed wildlife old or rotting food.  Their bodies cannot safely process the bacteria and pathogens found in rotting food. 
A warthog mom and her fairly young piglet, a kudu and a Vervet monkey all on the road beyond our driveway.
We will continue to feed the wildlife pellets and fresh cut up veggies and fruit.  We'll always pay special attention to how long its been since we cut up apples, carrots, and vegetables to ensure freshness and safety for our visitors.

That's it for today, folks.  We'll be back tomorrow with more including details of our visit to Dr. Theo in Komatipoort.
 

May you have an healthy and enriching day!  
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Photo from one year ago today, April 16, 2017:
After baking these roll-ups in a moderate oven for 25 minutes, they were perfectly cooked.  The leftovers are good served cold.  For more details and food photos, please click here.

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