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South Rupununi Woman Tells Heartwarming Story of Pet Tapir

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First Published: 3rd of February, 2022 by Patrick Carpen.

Last updated: June 24, 2022 at 15:37 pm

Berlinda Francis, of Katoonarib Village in the South Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana, South America is a farmer, cook, and small scale rancher. She also has a strong and inherent love for animals. And in this context, she shares her story of adopting a pet tapir since it was only a few months old.

Berlinda relates that, in the month of June, 2020, the tapir was brought to her by a friend who had transported it from Mararanau Village in the deep south Rupununi, and unable to care for it any longer, entrusted the tapir into the hands of Berlinda. At that time, the tapir was of the size slightly bigger than a cat.

He called me and told me that he would like to leave the tapir with me because he could not care for it any longer, and he knew that I have a love for animals. I didn’t go searching for the tapir, it fell into my hands, so I took care of it. When it was a baby, I used to bathe it and stuff, but now I can longer do that since it is very big.

Berlinda said she didn’t know what a baby tapir looked like at that time, and at first thought it was a labba. At that time, Berlinda was taking care of a calf whose mother was not around by feeding it with a nursing bottle, and so she did the same thing with the tapir, and the calf and the tapir became good friends. Later, the calf got bigger and went away with the other cows, but the tapir stayed with Berlinda.

After it passed the bottle feeding stage, Berlinda relates that she fed the tapir with watermelon, bread, papaya, banana, and porridge. The tapir would go out in the evenings and return home late in the night or the next morning. And when Berlinda is away from home, the tapir would be gone for several days before returning home.

Berlinda wants the tapir to be free and safe, and to return to the wild in due time. In this context, she fears that someone might be tempted to harm the tapir since people are not used to seeing a tapir so close to the village. Further, someone might want to kill the tapir for its meat.

Although tapirs are herbivores, they have been known to attack humans, although such attacks are very rare. If you see Duane the tapir near to Katoonarib Villlage in the South Rupununi, please treat it with care since it is has been conditioned to humans and even less likely to attack humans. Even so, due caution should be taken, especially with children.

This is Duane the tapir. He lives in Katoonarib and roams around the Dadanawa, Sawariwau, area sometimes. He has lived with me since he was a baby and is accustomed to being around humans. I am just asking every one in the surrounding areas that if you see him….please do not harm him…just let him be.

Berlinda francis

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Meet Aurelia Ibrahim – Guyana’s 13-Year-Old Published Author

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First Published: 11th of October, 2021 by Patrick Carpen.

Last updated: July 5, 2022 at 15:03 pm

Aurelia has always been in love with words. At the age of four, she found her mother’s copy of “Julius Caesar” and read it from cover to cover and has since devoured many pieces of literary works that even adults may find daunting.

These are the worlds of Aurelia’s mom, susan ibrahim.
“Teachers,” is a sample taken from Aurelia’s first book, a collection of poems entitled, “A Little Poet’s World.”

The success of Aurelia Ibrahim at such a young age in one of the world’s most competitive and challenging industries is yet another beautiful example of a parent’s ability to recognize a child’s latent talents and abilities and help them to harness it. This key concept is the backbone of the success story of young Guyanese author, Aurelia Ibrahim, who is the published author of her first book, “A Little Poet’s World,” and who is working on her second book which is to be released soon.

Aurelia (right), along with her mom, Susan, and her sister, Kate.

Aurelia Ibrahim was born on the 16th of March, 2008. Her mom, Susan, is a make-up artist by profession and CEO of SAKS Makeup Artistry. Her dad, Shafwaz, is an architectural engineer, and founder and CEO of SAKS Consultant and Drafting Corps in Georgia, USA. Aurelia has just one sibling, 9-year-old Kate Ibrahim who is currently a student of Mae’s Primary School.

Can you believe that such enlightening words spring from the pen of a 10 year old?

Aurelia attended Mae’s Nursery and Primary in Georgetown, Region 4, Guyana, South America. She then moved on to Marian Academy where she is presently in Grade 9 (Form 3).

Aurelia and her younger sister, Kate, share a moment of fun in the sun.

The young Aurelia was passionate about writing, art, and literature from a very tender age, and she was showered with literature books and other reading material from “since she was a baby.” However, Aurelia’s mom, Susan, relates that it was Aurelia’s 5th grade teacher, Shelly, who first noticed the young girl’s exceptional writing talent and brought it to her mother’s attention.

One of Aurelia’s customers/fans pose with a copy of her book, “A Little Poet’s World.”

The poem was “Secret Garden.“ Teacher Shelly asked to see me and her exact words were, “Susan you have a talented daughter, and you should publish her writing. Waste no time.” And I followed her advice, and it was months after…she was still 10…that we officially launched her book…which was September 2018.

“Secret Garden,” is a sample taken from Aurelia’s first book, a collection of poems, “A Little Poet’s World.”

Aurelia, with the help of her mother, published her book, a collection poems, at the tender age of ten.

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You can support Aurelia’s literary and artistic work and cheer her all the way to the top of the ladder of success by liking and following Aurelia’s social media pages where you will be updated with her upcoming books and other projects.



Remember that you can also walk into Austin’s Book Services in Georgetown, Region 4, Guyana, South America and grab your copy of a “A Little Poet’s World” at any time!

Aurelia’s personal website and Amazon author page are coming soon!

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