Thursday, May 27, 2010

It's a Zoo Around Here

I'm used to having all kind of animals making noises around me. Most common are dogs barking and fighting and the geckos chirping. Next most common would be pigs snorting and digging holes in their search for food. Less frequent, but still almost daily, I'll hear chickens, cats, and cows.

Then, last night, I was sitting in my house, reading my book, enjoying the silence of the night, when I heard a goat. It's not a goat off in the distance; it's a goat in my backyard.

My village doesn't have goats. There are goats in the village on the other end of the island, but not here in Ha'ano, and certainly not in the school compound.

Even so, there most certainly was a goat in my backyard. Who knows how it got there, or why.

It continued screaming for several hours. The goat didn't bleat. It screamed. It's voice was cracking from straining so hard. I think at one point it even said my name.

Then suddenly, it stopped. And the next morning, there was no sign of a goat.

So it goes.


  1. Photo? Or better... video?

  2. Did you feel the earthquake from Vanuatu?
    If so, was it a rolling one or shaking up and down?
    What is the temperature...Fahrenheit?
    Really have enjoyed reading your blog... so interesting to read your views. I am hoping to be there in Oct or Nov if everything passes on the medical review. Thanks for all the info.
    Mary Kate

  3. No, I didn't feel the earthquake. Since coming to Tonga, I've felt 2, and, since I don't have any experience with earthquakes in the States, I don't know what kind they were.

    Hope everything goes well, and we'll see you in October!

  4. Hey Blair!

    It is Stacy, your hygienist from Dr. Hamlett's! Yor mom was in and gave me your blog so I wanted to say hi! It looks and sounds like you are having a great time! I will be reading your blog now so I can keep up with you! Be safe and have fun and Fluoride is on the way!!