Noah L. Anglin先生启程回国

  

    2005年2月28日,认养人Noah L. Anglin先生在研究中心进行了为期两个月的大熊猫爱心志愿者工作后启程回国,关于Noah L. Anglin在研究中心的工作体会请连接《我在卧龙生活日子》。

    Please connect the text <My life at Wolong> by Noah L. Anglin

在卧龙生活的日子

Noah L. Anglin    2005年2月24日

    我初次造访卧龙是在2000年。由于读到一些相关的报道,于是勾起我想到卧龙看看他们如何照顾熊猫的想法。到了卧龙,我为我看到的一切而感到高兴,与此同时,得知了认养熊猫这件事情,于是我认养了一只3个月大的熊猫,并命名为Blondie。此后卧龙大熊猫俱乐部一直给我提供Blondie的照片和她的成长情况。

    在之后的日子里,我好几次来卧龙。然而最近因为一些工作的原因,使我有了一段闲暇的时间,因此我决定到卧龙做志愿工作者。

    在和卧龙大熊猫俱乐部商谈以后,我在2005年1月底来到卧龙。之前去卧龙都是在7月、8月、10月、11月的时候,因此此次1月之行又增加了我的新鲜感,是的,当我到达的时候,已经连降了好几天雪,这是卧龙一年中最冷的时候,所以如果您想做志愿者工作,您也许愿意选择一个比较温暖的日子。

    能够饲养熊猫,让我忘记了一切因寒冷带来的不适。第一天,一名大熊猫饲养员带我做事情,他对我很耐心,现在我已经能够很自如地饲养了。每天早上8:30我们开始工作,每个饲养员平均照顾2、3只熊猫,照顾熊猫就是打扫他们的兽舍,清除前一天的竹子、粪便等,每一个工作人员都为创造一个清洁的环境而努力地工作着。

    当然,打扫完毕以后的事情就是喂熊猫,照顾每一只熊猫都要根据他们的习性以及食量等区别对待。通常,打扫完毕,我们都给他们一定量的“熊猫窝窝头”。这是一种用竹子、粮食等特制的熊猫食品,这种熊猫精饲料是卧龙自己发明的,熊猫们都很喜欢吃,每天似乎都盼望着。当然主要原因还是里面有它们最喜欢的竹子,每天送来的新鲜竹子都保存到一个竹子储备间里面保鲜,饲养员每天给不同的熊猫添加适量的竹子。

    一些熊猫接受日常的训练是因为在兽医和技术人员要对其进行体检和治疗的时候能无麻醉状态下接触它们,在训练熊猫的时候,工作人员常用到苹果、胡萝卜以及窝窝头。

    当然在我工作的闲暇时间里面,我会去拍一些照片,或者录像,每一次我拍摄新的照片或者录像的时候都会发现他们干着一些很有趣的事情。今天早上,当我去饲养我认养的熊猫Blondie时,她正在一棵树顶上,倒立着,在食物的召引下,迅速的来到了地面。

    我觉得饲养熊猫是一件很有意义的事情,从熊猫身上我学到了许多东西,比如面对一件事情的对待方式,熊猫独立生活的个性,我很确信和我们人类不同,我饲养过的每一只熊猫都是独立的个体。

    我很感激所有在卧龙我能够与之工作的人们,使我在卧龙生活的日子有了美好的回忆!

    
 
As foster dad, Noah got the chance to photo with panda

 

Feces Cleaning    Bamboo Carrying
 

My Life at Wolong

Noah L. Anglin       February 24, 2005

    I first visited Wolong in 2000.   I had read some about the work that was going on at that time and wanted to visit and see the pandas and how they were cared for.  I was very pleased at what I saw and found out at that time about the adoption program.

    While here, I adopted a 3 month old female panda that I named Blondie. The Panda Club did a good job of keeping me informed thru emails and pictures of Blondie’s growth and health.  

    Over the past several years, I have had the opportunity to visit Wolong a number of times and when events in my life took a turn that allowed me some “free time”, I decided that I wanted to become a volunteer worker at Wolong.

    After making the proper arrangements with the Panda Club, I arrived at Wolong in late January, 2005.   My previous visits had been in July, Aug, October and November so coming to Wolong in January was a new experience.  Of course it was snowing when I arrived and has snowed a number of days while I have been here.   It is quite cold at this time of year so if you think you would like to become a volunteer worker, you might want to consider a warmer time to come if you have the luxury of that option.

    Being able to work with the Pandas more than makes up for any discomfort because of the cold. On my first day, I was assigned a “trainer” that would work with me and “show me the ropes”.  The trainer has been very patient with me and I now feel very comfortable around the pandas.  Each morning, at 8:30 AM, we start.  We are assigned either 2 or 3 pandas on average to take care of.  Taking care of a panda means we clean its area of “old bamboo” (yesterday’s bamboo), feces, and other things.  Everyone here works very hard to keep Wolong a clean place.  

    After cleaning, of course, the important thing is feeding the panda.  Each panda is treated as a separate “person” with their own routine and amount of food they get.  Usually, after the cleaning, we give the panda the prescribed amount of “panda bread”.  This is a special cake prepared daily form bamboo, grains and other healthy things for the panda.  This supplement to the panda diet was developed here at Wolong.   The pandas LOVE it and really look forward to getting this food.  Of course, the main course is bamboo and the pandas dearly love it.  Fresh bamboo is brought in each day to a holding building.  The workers then collect the appropriate amount of bamboo for each panda. 

    The pandas undergo certain “training” routines that serve the purpose of having the panda use to human hands touching it.  The main reason for this is that when the pandas are examined by a vet or technician, they will respond to the treatment well and also it allows exams without drugs having to be administered to the panda.   Special foods such as apples, carrots, and sometimes the panda bread are used in this training exercise.

    Of course, I have a lot of “free time” after I complete my work and I have been taking a lot of video (over 5 hours so far) and many, many pictures.  Each time I walk by a panda is an opportunity for a new photo or video as they are always doing something interesting. 

    When I went to feed my panda, Blondie, this morning, she was in the top of a tree, upside down, and it took a certain amount of coaching to get her to come down.  Actually, it was the food that brought her back to earth.

    I have found working with the pandas in every phase has been quite rewarding.   I have learned a great deal about pandas and how they react to certain things.  One thing that really stands out is the individual personalities of the pandas.  I can truly say that each of the pandas I have been fortunate enough to work with is unique, not unlike us humans.

    I appreciate the cooperation and help of all the very good people at Wolong for making my stay most enjoyable and memorable.