One of the days at Cornell’s was planned so that we would go draw blood from cattle. We were told that there was going to be a vet there, which Cornell didn’t speak too fondly of. He said this vet was young and was practically in it for the money, driving around in his fancy range rover. When we got to the area, the cattle owner had his cattle walking in a herd towards a long wooden chute so that they would be in a straight line. They were stomping all over each other and you could tell they were stressessed. Cornell was mad about this because he said it would’ve been more efficient to tie the cattle down one by one so that it would be faster. He wasn’t wrong because each time we tried to rope a cow/bull down, they would start to go crazy. The animals’ stress was causing me stress. JJ (Cornell’s assistant) was trying to reassure me and telling me it would be okay. I guess she saw that I was getting a little anxious because the animals were really upset. I’m glad she was always with us because she was more approachable and kinder than Cornell. We would rotate in jobs, one person would draw blood, one would give IM/IV injections, spray with disinfectant, an oral medication, take vitals/information, and pour a disinfectant liquid down their back.When one of the calves wouldn’t get up from exhaustion, I ran to help push him up from the other side and once each cow was done I was very quick to let them out of the chute. Cornell noticed I was helping out everywhere so he looked at me and said, “When are you coming back for an internship? You know what you’re doing.” I just kinda looked at him a little confused and smiled, not wanting to say that I probably wouldn’t come back to work with him- at least not alone. Since Kelly was the one who drew blood the fastest without any problems, she got to use this funny looking metal dart gun that Cornell uses so that she could inject one of the cows. She did amazingly, not surprisingly. After working with cattle we went to eat at a restaurant. The louder more social students (Emily, Zack, Nicole) sat with Cornell, JJ, and Louis and the slightly more introverted students (Me, Tiana, Amanda, Hailey, Kelly) sat at a different table with the exception of Jenny. Jenny came up with this funny idea to tell the waitress it was Cornell’s birthday when it wasn’t and so after a while the whole restaurant crew came over to sing him happy birthday. The shock and confusion on his face was hilarious. When we got back to Cornell’s place, Hailey created a fake owl drawing and we went out at night to see if we could attract any owls. We didn’t succeed but we definitely heard them
During dinner time, I asked Louis if there was any update on the cubs which I had been asking almost everyday and he finally said yes! He said that Dr. John said the cub’s lip is healing well and he got his friends to take in the cubs to care for them. This made me really happy. He then told everyone the update and everyone was glad to hear that too. Then we finished off the day by playing some card games (Kings cup) but I just watched. It was funny how everyone targeted Cornell with their questions when “Never Have I Ever” came up. There was one point where the students asked if he knew Amanda’s real name (because he nicknamed her “Resting Flower”) and he said he had no idea. Then the students asked to name all the students and they asked him to name the person sitting next to him, which was me, and he smiled wryly and said “Stella”. I was SO shocked. He probably remembered my name from the day before when we worked with the Cattle. I guess Cornell wasn’t as unthoughtful as I thought.
On our last day with Cornell, I had to choose between the several rocks I found outside in Kruger to see which I could bring home with me. We packed all our things and exchanged Goodbyes. Cornell brought out this little book that we could sign and write our information down. There was a space for the nicknames he gave us, but he never gave me one so I just wrote, “I didn’t have one cause I’m ‘boring’. Thanks for teaching us many valuable things while making us feel awkward and uncomfortable.” We said goodbye to Minky and headed towards the bus. I forgot to write down my email on the sheet so I ran back and everyone started yelling at me because they thought I was going to pick up more rocks. Finally, I gave JJ and Cornell a hug, and we were on our way.