Animal Stories

Here’s a wonderful story contributed by Larry Scruggs:


While enjoying your visit to the Diane Rehm Show , I was reminded of what happened a few years ago.

I was cleaning up after a painting project here in Tampa when I came upon a brown anole stuck to a stirring stick. After apparently falling into the bucket, it had made it half way up the stick before the drying paint froze it in place. I carefully removed the lizard, paint free only from the neck up, washed it off, and let it go.

A few days later, while standing on the patio near where the rescue occurred, a lizard ran up and stopped at my feet. It looked nice in its new skin, with a single remnant of the old, painted skin still attached. I bent down, placed my forefinger on the ground, and it climbed on the back of my hand. I straightened up and we looked each other in the eye. The lizard did a couple of head bobs, cocked its head, and gave me a quizzical look before leaping off into the shrubbery.

I’ve always believed that animals are smarter than most of us give them credit for, but that incident really drove the point home.

Keep up the good work, sir.



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