Lost in the Mail

I have some sad news. The hard drive carrying Season 5 never arrived in Minnesota. Ali had it sent several weeks ago by postal mail. But not all the world’s mail is quite as reliable as we might hope. The hard drive may be sitting in some office somewhere, lost among piles of boxes. Or someone may have decided that a hard drive would turn a nice personal profit. Whatever happened, we’ll probably never see the hard drive again. Or we might – I once sent a package to a friend in South Africa and gave up on it when it hadn’t arrived after a couple months. But almost a year later, my friend sent me an email thanking me for the package and curious about some rather out-of-date news that I had written her.

But fret not. Ali said she’ll scrounge up another hard drive and load it with Season 5’s photos. She knows of someone traveling to the U.S. in a couple weeks and will ask for the hard drive to be hand couriered. Meanwhile, we’ll all have to sit tight.

The angle on this image makes this kori bustard look huge! I bet this bird could carry our hard drive over the Atlantic…

Since it’s Friday and I can’t leave you with just sad news for the weekend, here are some Serengeti laughing hippos.



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About Margaret Kosmala

I am an ecologist exploring the complex dynamics of plant and animal systems. I am especially interested in understanding how species communities change over time and how humans impact them.

3 responses to “Lost in the Mail”

  1. Anna says :

    I’m not losing hope! It took 12 weeks for me to receive a parcel from Kenya, but it did eventually arrive!

  2. Lifesart says :

    My nephew was in Tanzania with the Peace Corps for three years and everything I sent him took at least three months to get there. One package with cds took almost seven months. I was sure it was ‘lost’ but hoped someone was enjoying the music. Thank goodness the hard drive was a copy. My heart sank at the idea of no snaps to classify!

  3. Susan says :

    Thanks for letting us know what’s up. It gives me greater knowledge of all that’s involved in this project. I love participating– thank you!

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