This week, a lovely child brought me such a gift, turtle. My wiser self had reservations about keeping the little reptile. However, the girl seemed so happy to give me this pet. Since I have a few old aquariums in my vast supplies, I decided to try to maintain a home for the turtle in Room 221. I purchased some aquarium gravel, distilled water, and some recommended turtle food. I looked for care and feeding online. I found a container to hold the proper amount of water. However, the poor little guy was not able to leave his swimming pool so I replaced the dish with another water dish. He was able to leave the new dish easily, but he flipped over on his back as he exited the dish. Furthermore, he was not able to right himself and laid on the aquarium gravel flailing his little claws. After this brief excursion into turtle foster parenting, I decided that the turtle would definitely have better fortune in the wild than under my inept care so I released the little fella into a pond nearby our school. Now, the both the turtle and I are free.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Free at Last
Science teachers are
unlucky fortunate to receive a variety of gifts or presents. People tend to think that science teachers and biology teachers are eager to care for a variety of creatures. Occasionally, we even receive roadkill as a gift. A fellow biology teacher once was given a dead snake, a blue racer, and another teacher received deer legs. Now, if you are prepared to study the anatomy of reptiles or the structure of deer appendages, you might be interested in such unusual offerings. And sometimes, a dedicated elementary teacher will maintain a menagerie of classroom pets. However, not all of us are prepared to receive and care for wildlife...dead or alive.