Unusual Patient

We see all kinds of animals at work besides dogs and cats: rabbits, parrots, guinea pigs, sugar gliders, lizards of all kinds, and pigs. We’ve even seen chickens and peacocks. Yesterday we saw something really unusual: an anteater. Heretofore, my only exposure to ant-eating animals was a cartoon from the sixties called The Ant & the Aardvark.

It was really cool to see it up close. It had long fingernails that reminded me of a sloth. Its face was really cute. It was surprisingly strong. It also had a musky odor that reminded me a little of a skunk. Its tail was prehensile. It was so interesting. The doctor let me take a picture with it. At first, it was a simple enough picture, but the anteater had other ideas for a pose.

I have a goofy look on my face, but in my defense, it was a pretty weird situation.

I have a goofy look on my face, but in my defense, it was a pretty weird situation.

Once it got its hands on my shirt, it started pulling.  It was so strong.

Once it got its hands on my shirt, it started pulling. It was so strong.

Oops!  No ants down there!

Oops! No ants down there!

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5 Responses to Unusual Patient

  1. Carol says:

    HA! Thanks for the early morning giggle – what a curious little fellow, eh? Pray tell, who besides the zoo is even allowed to have an anteater in the city, and who would need or want one? But that’s besides the point, I suppose.

    I wager you’ve met many assorted furry critters you never thought you would in this new line of work – bet there’s a children’s book living in all those experiences….just planting a seed….

  2. Lauren says:

    Carol asked my question – who owns an anteater? I guess if you had a really big ant problem and liked to be super organic/earth friendly….

    By the way, in the anteater world, that’s called ‘the Reverse Aliens‘. Good thing you escaped with your torso intact.

  3. Peggy says:

    Awwwww!!!!!!!!!!!! What a CUTIE!!!!!!! His or her face is soooo adorable!! I do so wish I could pet him. And it looks like besides having dog bisquits at your work, you’ll have to start having a jar of ants as well, huh.

    What did this little guy come in for? Problems with a stuffed nose? A nail trim? A non-functioning prehensile tail?

    What an awesome experience!! I’m quite envious! Awesome pictures by the way!

  4. Kristi says:

    Are anteaters related to koalas? What category of animal are they anyway?

  5. Brad says:

    I didn’t speak with the owner about having the anteater as a pet, so I’m not sure why she had it, and I didn’t see what it came in for.

    Kristi, it’s funny that you ask what animal group the anteater is part of. We had trouble entering it into the computer because we didn’t know how to categorize it. We finally just put it under “mammal”.

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Beauty from Afar

The weather was beautiful yesterday. It was cool in the morning, but warmed up as the day wore on. By afternoon, it was delightful. I went outside twice. The first time, it was to take a chart to the pet store. The second time, it was to go to the dumpster.

When I’m at work and it’s nice out, I always say to myself that if I were free, I’d be outside enjoying the weather. But when I’m off and it’s a beautiful day, what do I do? I stay inside. Sheesh!

Sunny and warm.

Sunny and warm.

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Paschal Pictures

I had a very Eastery Easter yesterday.

As is my wont, I got a new Easter tie this year. The picture doesn’t show the colors properly. It’s navy and lime green. I really like it.

I think standing by the window gave me too much light.

I think standing by the window gave me too much light.

I started the day with sunrise service at my church’s cemetery. I love this service! There is a little chapel in the cemetery. The view out the window behind the pulpit was pretty:

You can't see it in the picture, but the tree is budding.

You can’t see it in the picture, but the tree is budding.

After a small break at home, I went to my church for the big worship service. I loved sitting in the balcony for choir, because I was up close with the organ and trumpets.

They were so loud, I could sing at the top of my lungs.

They were so loud, I could sing at the top of my lungs.

When we did the Passing of the Peace, I laughed out loud. Everyone was greeting everyone so loudly and so long, it took a while to get order back. I loved it!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

I was a little late to work because church went long. One of my co-workers brought cupcakes! They were so fruity. She dropped a Skittle into the middle of each cupcake before baking. I couldn’t tell if the fruity flavor was already in the batter, or if the Skittle put it there.

Delicious!

Delicious!

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Glazing Again

Happy Easter! He is risen!

Yesterday I went back to Amazing Glaze to do another pottery painting. This time, it was with Peggy and Denis. We met at the Bel Air branch. It was really fun to sit at the table and talk while we worked. I have got to join a book club or art club or something.

This branch of Amazing Glaze had a different shape of flower pot, so I chose that this time. I was excited to try a different technique. I painted different colors in layers, then wiped through the layers in spots with a wet paper towel. Peggy and Denis did interesting things too. Denis did three colors, blending them at the transition lines. Peggy put small round stickers on her mug, then glazed over them, then pulled the stickers off. Instant polka dots!

I will be interested to see the results. I will of course share them here.

I had to get up a lot and use a hair dryer to dry the different layers.

I had to get up a lot and use a hair dryer to dry the different layers.

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Bag o’ Nostalgia

In one of my attempts to unpack some boxes of “Miscellaneous” from the boxes in the basement, I discovered something I didn’t remember that I still had: a bag of Lego blocks. Mixed in with all the pieces, I saw the hull of a ship. It said “Fire Fighter”. Then it came back to me. I had this set when I was a kid. I wonder if I could reconstruct it? I have found the instructions HERE.

I think the bag has more than just the Fire Fighter ship set. Maybe with the leftover blocks I could make a space ship. I was always building space ships when I was a kid.

Its construction should be exceedingly simple.

Its construction should be exceedingly simple.

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