The hubby has been working Saturdays up at his shop since before Christmas so this past weekend we had a welcome day together. We took the girls out for pizza and then walked down to a fish and reptile pet store with a huge water tank by the front window that houses three small crocodiles.
The girls love to watch the seemingly immobile, but ferocious, exotic beasts. They barraged me with endless questions until I felt like I was doing a promo for Animal Planet.
“Mommy are they really alive?”
“Mommy what do they eat?”
“Mommy do crocodiles have predators?”
There’s a small handwritten sign on the tank’s glass that says “Feed the Crocodiles, $2.00” and the hubby motioned toward it and whispered that he was going to go pay for this exciting lesson in Crocodile Gastronomy 101 while I watched the girls stand in slack-jawed fascination by the tank.
I guess I thought they were going to feed the crocodiles little mouse shaped tofu jigglers or something, anything, but a fuzzy yellow dead baby chick.
As they say…OMFG!
Youngish pet store employee dude walked toward us dangling a fuzzy, and dead, chick from the end of a long wooden pole. He had a macabre grin on his face as everyone in the store, from a group of teenage girls to a couple of boys who looked to be 7 or 8, audibly reacted.
The hubby had the honor of dangling the crocodiles’ treat into the tank but they had apparently had too many snacks for the day because they showed zero interest in the yellow fuzzy critter. Then the store owner suggested that a neighboring lizard might enjoy the treat. And by lizard I don’t mean a tiny lizard like the Geico mascot, but a large lizard that looked like he, indeed, ate small baby birds on a daily basis.
I was completely grossed out by the whole thing but all the kids, including my girls, stood and watched the lizard savor and eat his snack. I turned my head away and I reminded the girls that we eat chicken regularly. And then I looked back and I could have sworn that lizard winked at me.
Speaking of tasty treats, I’m giving away a gift certificate from Edible Arrangements for chocolate dipped strawberries at Savvy Housewife, my product review blog. Not nearly as interesting or filled with protein as crocodile treats, but definitely more delicious.