Quick Update!

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It has been ages since my last post. I am sorry, the holiday rush got ahead of me.

 

Just some updates from Dumbork:

 

She’s still fun and quirky as ever. Sometimes we would get brief periods of sunshine, so there were some moments that she enjoyed basking under the sun. Hopefully her system will catch up since it has been so long since she basked for eight hours straight.

 

How are your pets? Let us know!

Chillin'

Chillin’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, and have you noticed the big spider behind Dumbork’s tank? Spidey says Hello!

Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Bureau

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This morning I had the chance to visit Wildlife, as part of a mini educational field trip of my cousin, Gabby. I was more psyched to see what animals are housed there, and yet kinda worried on their state. After all, these animals rightly belong to the wild and not on housed cages, but on the upside, there is a lot of workforce striving to take care of them, continue their species through breeding, and check their health every now and then to make sure they have no illness or diseases.

I was sad to see that there was just one small cage allotted for turtles, and not a whole lagoon or pond. The water is dirty, there’s not enough sunlight that can filter through the cage for optimum basking, and the poop of the birds that were housed in the same cage was not quickly removed. Some Malayan Box Turtles were lounging on the water, some Red-eared Sliders were walking from their basking place to a flat area near the cage.

 

Group Meeting!

Group Meeting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were many species of birds, from eagles to parrots to owls. There were two tigers but the cage is too far away. We saw a Burmese Python and a Yellow Snake. We also saw some porcupines, a bearcat, some baboons, and a medium – sized alligator.

Reminded me of Rio

Reminded me of Rio

 

Philippine Crocodile

Philippine Crocodile

 

Porcupines

Porcupines

 

Eagle

Eagle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were not able to roam around the whole park, but the admission ticket was for the whole day.

Hopefully I will be armed and ready the next time I go there.

Some tips:

-Try to get there early, around 9:00 am. You will have the chance to see the feeding of some animals. Don’t give any food to animals though.

-Bring your own food, utensils, and water if you plan to stay there for a day.

-There are cottages and parking areas, but with a minimum fee. Entrance fees are: Php 5.00 for kids, Php 8.00 for adults.

-Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers/rubber shoes. Some areas are slippery.

Here are more pictures:

Bearded Dragon

Bearded Dragon

Baboon

Baboon

Another one of those colorful birds

Another one of those colorful birds

Entrance

My cousin Gabby with a shot of the lagoon

My cousin Gabby with a shot of the lagoon

MBTs and RESs

MBTs and RESs

Two tigers

Two tigers

Bacterial Podo — Say what now??

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It was yesterday morning when I noticed that Dumbork developed some small, white lumps on the pads of her feet. Upon seeing the lumps, I immediately scooped Dumbork out of the tank to closely examine her feet. It was circular, raised, and appeared to be full of water, or maybe even pus. I searched “blisters” on the net but came up empty-handed. I decided to take Dumbork to the vet; she was due for a check-up anyway, and let her swim around the rest of the day.

right foot

right foot

left foot

left foot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Later that day I noticed that Dumbork didn’t want to bask, and didn’t want to touch her feet on any surface. When she’s on the resting pad, she keeps her feet tucked inside the body. I felt her feet again, the lumps were still there, but there’s no change in size or color. I turned off her basking light (she wasn’t using them) and let her sleep early.

This morning, my first concern was the said lumps. I noticed that they became thinner, more flat, but still noticeable. I have half a heart to proceed with the vet visit. I thought that maybe, if I wait for a few days, it would disappear (remember the red spot on her neck a year ago that disappeared suddenly?) But my sister (Dumbork’s original owner) convinced me. What if that problem arose again? So I packed up Dumbork’s travel box, her water container and we set off.

 

It seemed that today was Vaccination day for the dogs at the Veterinary Hospital. We were sixth in line, and the area was filled with the occasional bark, scuffles, and meows. I was the only one there who had a reptile (amphibian?) as a pet.

Dumbork was called, and we proceeded to an examination room. Her vet commented that her shell looks good (if you remember, the last vet visit was about a slight case of pyramiding). I immediately told the vet about the blisters. He went outside, grabbed a weighing scale, weighed Dumbork (100 grams), then proceeded to open a syringe and told me to help flip her, tummy-up!

 

I was surprised, but I followed his directions hastily. At first Dumbork was calm, but when the needle was inserted in the lump, she went berserk – arms and feet kicking and stretching, head trying to turn around, suddenly peeing on my hand! She kept her feet tucked in, but the vet was a skilled one, he managed to get a sample. I cleaned her mess and we were told to wait outside for the lab results.

I texted everyone about her condition. I was becoming paranoid, what if these were cancer sores (is there such thing?) Dumbork seemed mad at me; she kept staring as if it’s my fault, and when the dogs were barking, she seemed to listen to them, straining her head upwards and looking for the source of the sound.

We were called again for the second time. It was Bacterial Pododermatitis. The vet said that it was good that we caught it early, because it might lead to a dangerous lesion. He didn’t say the cause, and I didn’t press him for it, it seemed one of those infections that come and go. I will search more about this when I have the time, and I will share what I have learned with you.

He prescribed an ointment for us, Fusidic Acid, to be applied on the affected area every day for 14 days and to let it dry for 15 minutes before putting her back in the water. I thanked the vet, paid the bills, and we went home.

Meh

Meh

Ouchie in my butt!

Ouchie in my butt!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I rinsed Dumbork immediately (there were some cotton fibers in her butt) and put her back in the tank. She’s swimming now, though she is still not allowing her feet to touch any surface. I will buy the ointment later and then I will add some pictures.

To have this ordeal 6 days before her second birthday was kind of stressful. Hopefully Dumbork will respond well to the medication and she will be fine and dandy after two weeks. Wish us luck!

Selfie!

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Hello!

We’re nearing October, and my name day is here! (Yeah, I watch the occasional episode of Game of Thrones, so what?)

Anyway, last Sunday I discovered the most unnatural contraption that made me capture an image of myself, hence the selfies!

Enjoy!

 

Love, Dumbork.

Uh, what is this?

Is it on already? Where do I look?

Is it on already? Where do I look?

 

AhHHHhh It's ME!

AhHHHhh It’s ME!