Snake 1, Cat 0

Little kitty was sitting in the middle of the path. As I was missing Marley the N8N office moggy while we explore Thailand, I knelt down to have a word with the feline.

Little kitty was tormenting a red headed snake. Before I could offer advice (Oh no, don’t do that!) the snake struck the cat on the face. Kitty jumped in the air and yelped in Thai before scampering into the bushes.

We’d been wandering around in jandals all day – this was a reminder that a little more care should be taken. This is not the Waikato, Dr Ropata.

As we continued to our bungalow tiny firefires danced past us, flashing on and off. A huge honking gecko scuttled behind a billboard. Earlier in the day we walked along the beach and saw mudskippers, apparently confused because they were on rocks. Washing hung among the ruins of a tsunami-ravaged house squatters had moved into. Another reminder we were far from home.

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5 thoughts on “Snake 1, Cat 0

  • July 24, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Oh yes, you’ve got to look out for them red heads! Good to hear you have a good time in far far away. I never heard of firefires though….. :0)

    X Claudia

    • July 24, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      Had a firefly in our room last night! They’re actually a beetle, they fly around very slowly, flashing their little lights…

    • July 24, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      Yes! They’re the original gecko, latin name Gekko gekko, also called tokay, about a foot long and luridly spotted. Both names come from the call, which is loud and honking. Heard one about 10 minutes ago. The little geckoes on the walls make a chip-chip-chip noise.

  • July 26, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Wow, news from Thailand straight into our German livingroom….about noisy nights and dangerous walks….you better take good care! great to hear from you, at least fireflies aren´t noisy, so enjoy your time!!!! Mecki and Uli


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