Here we are with another regular edition of the Tuesday Two.
For those who have never played, the rules are simple: I offer two different questions, both related to the same topic, but you only choose one of them to actually answer.
Wil of "The Daily Snooze" holds the distinction of being not only the first to answer last week's question, but also the only person to do so!
Now, onto this week's choice of questions. And remember: don't answer both questions!
THIS WEEK'S TOPIC: ANIMALS
What is the most exotic animal you've ever actually come into physical contact with? If you've never touched an exotic animal, which one would you most like to touch?
How do you feel about zoos? Do you think that they are a valuable resource to encourage an appreciation of nature, or a harmful industry that only exploits animals?
Choose A or B, (indicate which question you're answering!) then either answer the question in a comment at Patrick's Weekender or answer it in your journal and include the link in a comment. (To be considered "first to play," a link must be to the specific entry in which you answered the question.)
Remember: choose one or the other...not both!
I'm going to take a stab at “A” this week. If I think about it hard, I recall running into black bears, raccoons, coyotes, moose and deer, opossum, armadillos, pine martins, otters, beavers, muskrats and woodchucks, rats, mice, voles and weasels. Then there's the reptiles; all sorts of snakes and vipers, from garter snakes to cottonmouths, diamond backs and Eastern timber rattlers, milk snakes and coral snakes, king snakes and little black racers. Salamanders and lizards. Geckos and skinks. And the dolphins. Can't forget any of them.
They're all pretty exotic, in the sense of touching them. Most were encountered in the wild. But some, such as the bear, the coyote and the cottonmouth, the deer and the moose, I encountered under controlled conditions. Of them all, the armadillo is the most exotic, but that was in the wild. The one I'd like to get up close and personal with is an elephant. And I'd love to exchange caresses with a wolf. I've cared for a half wolf hybrid, but that isn't the same.
All in all, looking back, I've been damned fortunate to have met these alien beings in their natural habitats. If it would be something you'd be interested in, I suggest you get out there and start meeting them for yourself. They're all fascinating creatures.