…Zoonotics…This is a word I have learnt. (It is about the study of “nunus” found in animals). All I know about it is that there are Field Virologists who go out into the jungles to find the Zoonotics. Sound simple – not really.
To film this you have to wander through the rolling hills of Cameroon, with the indigenous hunters, looking for little furry animals—which are trapped and killed.
Right…The rolling hills are covered in thick jungle, with all sorts of nasty vegetation, sometimes so thick, getting my large pink body through into the bush, is akin to thumbing a marshmallow through a keyhole.
On the day (yes, eight hours) I went in we did not see one living animal, except a porcupine, but alas a sharp blow to the head with a machete ended that as it dangled in the hunters snare, he did however have nine hungry mouths to feed back in the village. The blood I’d collected and analyzed—finding out what dark secrets await us.
We have moved on to the Democratic Republic of Congo, in search of Monkey pox, yes Monkey pox and after a double bounce landing coming into Kinshasha and looking at the common garden variety of padlock on the wing fuel tank of a small aircraft—who knows what lies install for us in Lodja—buried deep in the Congolese forests.
I do not have a picture of a scratched and bloody head to share (I tend to try and not walk into things) but here is a picture of a hungry mouth awaiting the delicate taste of porcupine.
I hope to speak again soon
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