HI – have been back and forth with phone calls this morning about Chewbaaka – he has gone downhill over the past couple days and was anesthetized today for kidney problems - I got an urgent email this morning from Anais (our vet tech) and fortunately she contacted our friend vet at the National Zoo and decided to give fluid therapy immediately – so as I got the message, Chewbaaka was already in the clinic. It sounds like he will be OK for a bit – we know that with his age that this was coming. But, now we will have to monitor him closely. He apparently vomited a couple days ago and then went off his food and was drinking a lot of water. He was dehydrated. So, he should be OK until Bruce gets back home at the end of next week – but this is very worrisome and I hate being so far away from him when he is not feeling well.
Besides that, the last couple days have been a whirlwind. We arrived in California and have been at talks, media and more lunches and dinners. Yesterday was the big day at the USC campus – I gave a talk, had an interview with Voice of America yesterday and will do NPR today. Tonight is the big Tyler Awards dinner. Hope to be less tired today – the last couple days have been exhausting!
The Tyler Committee is made up of great and nice ecologists from many different universities and other environmental groups. They have treated us really nice. Stuart Pimm, the other award recipieng, is also very nice and funny.