I slipped off easily that night, I actually was sleeping very well, when in my sleep at approx 1h: 30 am I heard broken glass….I awoke…. listening, there it was again, glass being scrapped on concrete. It happened again; I tapped Brian on his shoulder hoping he would not talk out loud like he normally would.
Then to crown it all, the burglar alarm went off, oh no! Now what are we in for! With the daily news of murders and robberies and having been attacked once before in our home, ones mind goes over time with thoughts at a fast speed. I opened the door slightly…. I then heard a shuffle…the intruder was coming, it was coming from behind the curtain from the hall way! My heart beat even faster, I slammed the door shut, I went numb could not speak, made signs with my hands trying to tell Brian it was, mmm ahem, mmm ahem,…………………………...Stoffel the honey badger!!
The worst was still to come. We tried phoning the guide’s cottage for help….phones lines were dead! Now what? Brian looked around to see if by chance he had his hand radio …yes, in the bathroom thank goodness! He radioed for help, Thom answered and said he would come up; he used his head and went to the clinic to get some Honey to coax Stoffel back to his enclosure, but….how do we let Thom in? The key was in the dinning room door, far from our reach!
Fortunately we leave the window open slightly to allow the guides to drop the keys onto the floor after arriving back from dinner with the students. We suggested Thom puts his arm through the window and tries to get the keys out the door which he did.
He then called for Stoffel who immediately answered. Thom did not hesitate to wait for Stoffels reaction (he was not sure what his mood was like at that stage) but ran down towards Stoffels enclosure calling him and once there climbed into the enclosure himself! From inside the enclosure he lent over the wall and offered Stoffel some honey – he ate it hungrily, as always! He placed a crate at the base of the wall so that Stoffel could easily climb in and continued to try and tempt him with the honey! Unfortunately Stoffel is no push over, he kept coming forward for honey and then backing up once he had a mouth full! This game went on for quite a while until eventually he climbed in over the wall and Thom stood in the enclosure and allowed him some more honey – at this stage he was completely calm! Probably because he was so full of honey! Thom then jumped out of his enclosure and left him to sleep off his tummy-full of honey!!
Few lessons we have learnt:
• Keep a charged radio by your side incase of the phone lines being down.
• Have the cell phone available not on charge at night which ours was.
• DO NOT keep the key in an outside door with an open window close by!