The bears are a nuisance. My reserve of fresh bamboos shoots, which I keep for such occasions, is running low, and Mahalath is worried that Zanda, the panda, who only eats bamboo shoots, is going to get hungry. I tell Mahalath that the bear can adjust its diet to lizards and skinks, for the duration of the journey, but she tells me that they would not provide sufficient energy and we would have to carry Zanda up every sand dune we encounter. The bears are getting hungrier and, fending off another bothersome bear attack, Mahalath decides that enough is enough, and signals aunt Humperdink’s ship to deliver the bears back to wherever they came from.
On board, Marija tells us we just missed Aunt Humperdink, Victoria and Algernon, who were in the local town, but that they left Juan’s homing pigeons, Coup and Flappy, for Mahalath. Mahalath is excited, as she hasn’t seen the birds since their last mission in the east, and insists that we immediately collect them. This is a good idea, it will be nice to see them and, if we follow them, they will lead us directly home, without us having to worry about navigation, and unburdened by bears.
Professor Humperdink’s Diary