Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Anita's Gecko

A friend of mine is an empty nester and I think being alone is starting to affect her. She has a cat and 2 dogs and has recently adopted a gecko. This gecko has it made living with her. It's got a big fish tank with places to climb and hide, and a fancy schmancy rock that has magnetized sides so you can put one piece inside the tank and it has a spot for the lizard to hide, and the other half of the rock is on the outside so you can remove it and peek at the critter trying to hide in the rock. It gets fed live crickets and worms on a regular schedule and there's even a heat lamp to keep the habitat nice and warm. This lizard is living large!

When the gecko first came to live at the Palace D'Anita, she noticed that it's eyes were not open. It was a gecko with disabilities! She was given a defective pet - a bargain bin buddy.

The poor little guy had to feel his way around because his little eyes were sealed shut. If I were a gecko and my eyes were sealed shut and I had just landed a sweet gig at a posh lizard hotel, I'd be pissed! I'd want to see if I had a barcalounger or a disco light or if the drapes matched the carpet.

Luckily for that gecko, Miss Anita knew how to do ocular surgery and she worked for 2 whole weeks on those crusty eyes until one happy day, that critter could see. Apparently, a lizard sheds it's skin and that includes the covering of the eyes, only this little guy shed it's skin but not it's eye coverings and had been denied the opportunity to see the world through fresh eyes. Until Dr. Anita came along that is.

These days he's a happy critter. He can see the world around him and he even got a next door neighbor...another gecko. They have to be the same size to coexist or the larger gecko will kick the ass (or tail) of the smaller one, so it might be a little while before they can share a home. Maybe during that time they can work out who will empty the trash and who will do all of the dusting so that they won't bicker once they move in together. A homey gecko is a happy gecko - or so I've been told.



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