Sunday, May 27, 2007

Eavesdropping With Matt (Episode fifteen)

Dedicated to the well-meaning eight-year-old girl at the Portland Zoo, who wanted my children to know the truth about the animals around them.

Z: Dad, look at the crocodiles!

A: And why are there fish in there with them?

Me: When the crocodiles get hungry they slip down there and eat some fish.

Z: Why?

Me: Crocodiles eat fish. Or, you know, pretty much anything that goes near them. Zebras, antelope, that sort of thing.

Eight-Year-Old Girl: That's not actually true, you know. Crocodiles are very gentle creatures.

Me: Is that right?

Eight-Year-Old Girl: Yes. Crocodiles will only attack if something tries to harm them. They are mostly vegetarian.

I gave that little girl my blog address and told her to look it up tonight. I wanted to be sure that she saw this picture of a crocodile eating a big bloody chunk of banana:

Aw, alright kid, stop crying. Here's what really happens:

Crocodiles just like to suck on frogs and fish for the flavor. But they would never eat them.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:00 AM

    I hope that little girl and her family never leave the 'safe' city! Reminds me of the family that was trying to get their child to stand next to the baby Elk at Yellowstone Park. Not real bright cause it definately ain't Bambi and Mama elk wasn't that far away.