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Alexander Beetle

3 Apr 2006

Do you remember that nursery rhyme, Alexander Beetle?

We were taught it in infants school and I've never forgotten it. It was written by A A Milne (thank you commenter), although Google attributes it more to that great hippy chick Melanie Safka and is on an album of hers which to this day I think is one of the best albums of all time.

Well, I've just this minute done something like the nanny in that song. My husband found a baby Eastern Water Dragon in the pool when he was cleaning it. Blair was ecstatic. They put it in a shoebox with some dirt and some leaves. Blair caught a moth and force fed the poor thing.

When I got home last night I gave it some water and sternly told Blair that she had to let it go. She protested like I was about to execute it. I said we could wait until morning.

This morning I said there was no way I was going to stand by and allow her to starve a baby lizard to death in a box inside my home. She said "but it eats bacon".

I gave some bacon to the lizard and cut a hole in the top of the box. We covered the hole with cling film. I took them to school. "The lizard must be set free this afternoon" I said to her.

Guess what? The stupid lizard went and escaped from the box! I saw it scamper across the dining table and onto the sunroom floor, it was so quick I lost sight of it. My life is so not going to be worth living when I get that child home from school and she finds out.

I think it is still in the house. So, I've set a trap with some plastic lizards, a lamb cutlet bone and a saucer of water. I hope I can find it and catch it before 3 o clock.

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