Hey, all you stay-at-home moms out there! Do you ever feel embarrassed at your high school reunion when people ask what you do for a living? Ever feel the need to fudge a bit because you’re afraid you’ll be judged? There’s no need for that. Just do as I do. Whenever anyone asks, I look them in the eye and tell them the truth. I’m a zoo keeper.
Yes, I do volunteer in the reptile department at the zoo for four hours a week. I soak the tortoise collection. But that is not what I’m referring to. What I do at home requires pretty much the same skill set as someone who tends chimpanzees. Don’t believe me? Read on.
I spend a big part of my day dealing with poop. A lot of poop.
Enrichment is key. I have to keep the critters busy so that they don’t get themselves into a lot of trouble.
I sometimes have to keep my charges from killing one another.
I have to feed them well so that they don’t turn on me.
Preventing escapes is a constant challenge.
I’ll get bitten if I get too close.
I often end the day covered in poop.
It’s sometimes expensive to repair the damage they’ve done.
The poop thing.
And most importantly, I’ll never get rich doing it, but I wouldn’t change a thing.