Thursday, July 28, 2016
Leapin' Lizards! (Animal Rescue!)
Isn't life funny? Would you believe that the very next day after I wrote my post about animal rescues I had a chance to do a rescue myself? This is how it happened...
I was driving home from work when I noticed out of the corner of my eye some movement on my side mirror. At first, I thought it was a small snake but then, it moved into my line of vision and it was a small lizard, an anole. Now, here is the thing....when I saw this little guy, I had been driving down Highway 20 going about 50 MPH. How could he have held on to the car going that fast? My son told me that he has read that they are able to do this because they...oh dear, can't remember what he told me, something scientific, I guess, my poor little brain can't handle much at the end of a working day. Anybody know how such a little creature could hold on to a moving vehicle at such a speed? (Funny to think of him kinda surfing on the roof of my car!)
Anyway, I turned into a parking lot of a church and tried to get the lizard to release it onto the grass. As much as I tried, he would run onto the top of the car and I couldn't reach him. Oh well, I figured, if he made it this far, he must be able to hang on until I get home! Sure enough, when I pulled into my driveway, he was still there! Richard was already home and I asked him to come out and help. Sure enough, he put a small piece of paper close to him and the anole climbed onto the paper. Richard was going to gently place him onto some bushes near the car, but the little lizard LEAPT off the paper in a big jump! LEAPING LIZARDS! Now, I know where that expression comes from!
I did a post about the anole that we saw at Panola Mountain and that one was a little green lizard. (Remember the throat flap is called a dewlap?) The lizard on my car was brown in color and it is the very same lizard, just different colors!
Yes, it felt good to rescue that little guy. (Well, Richard did really, but I ORCHESTRATED it!) Now, do you want to know the rest of the story? When I turned into that church parking lot, I must have picked up a nail in my tire! I had to spend some time that afternoon getting it repaired! (Not in the sidewall, so it was okay to patch it, no need for a new tire.)
I am sure that anole appreciated the rescue, don't you think?
I hope so! Leaping Lizards!