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Monday, 10 December 2018 Dereel Images for 10 December 2018
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Unloading hay
Topic: general, animals Link here

Chris Bahlo had kept the second load of hay at her place overnight, and brought it around this morning for unloading. But the doorbell rang a little early. Not Chris at all, but Barry Ryan, the bloke who bought the Kleins Road house and just the man we needed to help:


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He wasn't very amused: he had really come along to ask Chris about a stallion to service his mare. He'll get that too, when the time is right.

The sight of the hay had other consequences, too: Lorraine Carranza saw it and realized that she needed some too. That's the first time we've seen her in a while: she hasn't been in the best of health.


Nikolai unwell?
Topic: animals, opinion Link here

Walking the dogs today, Nikolai was unwilling to come along. Normally he's happy enough on the way out, and more reluctant to return, and he has a number of places to investigate on the way. But today he lagged behind from the start and didn't pay much attention to his favourite places. I decided to return home half way, to which neither dog objected.

Apart from that, he seemed normal enough, and there's no reason to believe that anything's seriously wrong with him—a very different situation from Zhivago, who did exactly the same thing three years ago, and who proved to have only one day to live. But clearly we'll need to keep an eye on Niko.


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Kangaroos!
Topic: animals, opinion Link here

What's wrong with Nikolai? The obvious thing to do is to let him walk free and see what he does. That won't work outside the property, so decided to go down to the house forest, the 3,500 m² wooded area at the west of the property.

We have a standard procedure for that: Yvonne goes down there first, alone, and checks for kangaroos, while I stay back with the dogs at the first gate, relatively close to the house. When Yvonne confirms that there are no kangaroos, I let the dogs free, and they run at full speed towards the forest, turning to the right after the next gate. Here viewed from the forest, taken 3 months ago, with Nikolai on the right:

 
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Today he was completely normal. But while I walked down to the forest, I heard various screams, including Yvonne's. What's all that about? Got down there as quickly as I could to find the dogs having caught an adult mail Eastern Grey Kangaroo, about 1.60 m tall, which Yvonne had somehow overseen, and which was apparently too stupid to run away. When I got there they had it on the ground, but those claws are sharp and dangerous, and I managed to extricate Nikolai first and Leonid after that.

All involved had injuries. The kangaroo had at least a bloody nose:

 
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But I didn't have much time to investigate him. Yvonne was severely shocked, and though I couldn't see anything with the dogs, there was the danger that they, too, had been injured.

Back home, that was confirmed: Yvonne had been silly enough to get close to the kangaroo, and had a couple of scratches on her arms:

 
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Leonid had a scratch on his front left leg:

 
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And Nikolai had a number of relatively large skin lesions, up to about 3 cm across:

 
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Yvonne sent the photos to Pene Kirk, who thought that they weren't serious enough for immediate attention, but the dogs looked pretty unhappy, and Niko didn't even eat anything for dinner. To be observed; maybe we'll end up visiting Pene tomorrow.

So, in summary: no, there wasn't anything wrong with Niko. But there is now.


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