If hatching goslings cannot break a hole into the protecting egg shell, they will suffocate. At Discovery Garden Pattaya we carefully help them to crack the shells and getting out of the egg which is protective, but also often a deadly straight jacket. It is always a difficult or delicate task, but this time around we are successful and can save another three goslings.
Mother goose at Discovery Garden Pattaya sat 28 days on her five eggs when four goslings hatched as expected. But there was a problem with egg number five. Hans Fritschi could hear feeble beeps from that egg and made a small hole into the egg shell to prevent suffocating. After several hours in the incubator he helped that weak baby goose to get out of the egg. This lonely gosling is now recovering well from its difficult start into life and can be joined soon with the four siblings and another baby goose.
When our first attempt to drill a new well failed, I was blamed, since the ignorant Farang had not adhered to the local Thai customs. We had not performed the animist rituals of offering goodies to the local spirits. This time around we offered boiled pig heads, rice liquor and other delicacies to the invisible powers inhabiting our land and this second drilling not only went smooth, it was a huge success. What does this tell the non-believer?
The canals and ponds at Discovery Garden Pattaya get more dry by the day. The existing wells deliver too little wet stuff to water the plants. An attempt is undertaken to drill a new, much deeper well. But unfortunately three days of drilling a 60 meter deep hole are futile. One worker has an accident and brakes his arm and the hole cannot be secured due to a stubborn rock in the way. The whole work was in vain and has to be restarted in a different location.
When Chonburi province was declared a Covid Red Zone a month ago, all tourism came to a full stop. But now that free travel to Pattaya is possible again, life returns. The beautiful plants market in North Pattaya was Saturday buzzling once again: Vendors and customers have quickly returned in great numbers. Jomtien beach is still a bit empty, but also recovering. Apartment swimming pools have opened up again and so have many restaurants that are allowed again to sell alcoholic beverages. Hans Fritschi travelled by car from Nong Khai to Pattaya as well.