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Animal と Education がテーマのオージー娘が綴るつれづれ日記。

Animal Training

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As I've worked in Negara Zoo for 5days and the Ostrich Park for 4days, I have experienced so many things.
○Most impressive memories
In Negara Zoo there are 2 orang utans. One is 5 years old and the other is 14 years old, trained for the Animal Show. They are so cute and act like they are humans. Especially Ketty the 5-year-old hand-raised in this zoo. She is so tame and she loves to climb up people, whoever she sees. Manja, the 14-year-old, is a veteran entertainer in the show. She immitates human smiles, claps her hands, shakes her arms and even dances! I was very happy to have these two companions around me all the time.
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In The Ostrich Park, there was a 5-month-old tiger cub. Mr Tony was teaching the keepers how to train it. The cub had never been trained until then, so it pretended to threaten us with a furious roar, even though it was still small. It scared me!
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This park originated from an ostrich farm and later on Mr Allan, the owner of the park ( a very rich man!) collected many species of animals, and made this park a petting zoo. The animals here are mostly small and tame, such as poultry, parrots and macows, small eagles, monkeys, raccoons, aligators, snakes, rabbits...etc, except the ostriches. These animals are so well trained, people can feed and pat them.

This place is not only a zoo for entertainment, but also a place for children to learn about animals. Most people who visit here are school kids coming by the bus loads.
I enjoyed watching these children patting the animals. I was happy to see their smiles.
By the way, you can even ride on an ostrich back! I rode one last time I visited the zoo, but I didn't feel like I was riding on a bird, but a dinosaur instead!!


○Animal Training
In Negara Zoo, I had an opportunity to try training an eclectus parrot and a pink cockatoo.
One of the bird trainers taught me how to teach "Pulling up the flag" to the eclectus parrot, and "Throw away rubbish" to the cockatoo.
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"Pulling up the flag" is a performance by a macow, pulling down a rope until the national flag goes up to the top of the pole. I taught him how to pull down the rope only once within an hour. I think I did a good job. However, I didn't do well with the cockatoo. He was confused with the way I gave commands, and bit me very hard! Ouch!!
Moreover, I even had an opportunity to start training a bird from the absolute begining. Mr Allan took a cockatoo from his father's pet shop, and Mr.Tony taught me how to start training the bird.
The cockatoo, of course, was very afraid to be taken to a strange place and with strange people around her. At first, she was tring to intimidate me, so I stayed close to her for 3 hours as I was told to do so by Mr Tony.
As I kept watching and talking to the bird, she gradually got used to having me near by. She preened her feathers and even took a nap, and seemed very relaxed all afternoon.

But the next day, I wasn't patient enough and started to boss her, which resulted in making her cautious again and I failed to achieve my goal to hold her on my arm... I was laughed at by Mr Tony. It was very regrettable...

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