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Positive thoughts...Gia provides her thoughts on working with manatee calves

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Hi, I’m Georgia and I work with the two manatee calves here at Wildtracks.
I have always desired to be a helpful person, to make a true and definitive difference with my life. Being at Wildtracks for the past two months I have felt the impacts of my work in a more real way than I ever have before. Yesterday we weighed Mitch and Lucky, the two youngest manatees at Wildtracks, and over the past two months they have both gained over 30 pounds. When the numbers appeared on the screen I cannot explain the joy that I felt.

Every day my good friend Julie and I wake up before the sunrise and go to bed long after it has set, in order to feed these two calves. Their care, along with Elliot and Athena – a pair of howler monkeys that I feed, consumes all of my energy both physical and mental every day. Yet every day I wake up refreshed. When my alarm goes off I think about Mitch, Lucky, Elliot, and Athena and about what today has in store for us, what challenges, triumphs, and whatever may come. The responsibility entrusted to me to safeguard these animals inspires me to do my absolute best for them, and in turn this experience has been immensely rewarding. From having Lucky sleep on my chest after finishing his bottle, to playing with Elliot and hearing his chuckle for the first time, rehabilitating these animals replenishes my soul, washes away all of the minor and superficial stresses that nag me, and reminds me of what is truly important.

In the midst of all the negativity of this world, what I want to do is find a way to insert something positive, whether or not anyone else takes notice, because that in itself is important; to help for the sake of helping. And here I have felt the effects of my help - being surrounded by other people who hold similar values has made me more motivated than ever to continue on with this type of work, to dedicate my life to conservation in some facet. Seeing that Mitch, Lucky, Elliot, and Athena are on their way to recovering from a traumatic start to life, gaining weight and moving towards a happy and healthy life in the wild where they belong is more than worth it for me.

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Published by: Zoe Walker at 2015-04-09 14:59:59   [Link to this article]


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