Today I returned to Whipsnade Zoo, where I collected another thirteen corncrake chicks. I Popped them in the truck and returned to Nene Washes immediately (three hours driving altogether).
I have never driven so gently in my life. What a precious cargo I had aboard. So much time, money, resources, hours, and dedication goes into the creation, incubation, hatching, and raising of these little guys. I didn’t want to make them travel sick!
Now, I often get sleepy driving long distances, and have to pull over for the odd power nap. I also have the stereo on rather loudly, browsing through the channels hoping to find good sing along tunes. With these passengers though, I drove in silence. Instead delighting in the odd wee ‘cheep’ coming from the boxes.
Since the chicks have hatched, they have been enclosed in four small cosy walls with their siblings and an endless supply of food and water.
This morning they were removed from their four-walled small world. They were checked over by vets, a terrifying experience for a diddy fuzzy dot chick.. Then popped into travel boxes and handed over to me.
I confess that I did stop for a quick ten minute power snooze when the necessity arose. And I did notice that for those ten minutes, there was utter silence in the truck. I do hope that they were snoozing too!
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