Sunday, September 14, 2008

Intelligent Toads

Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills. ~Voltaire, letter to Count Schomberg, 31 August 1769

I saw the neatest thing yesterday. While I undertook the glamorous job of pooper-scooping, I noticed that the anthills we have in our lawn (and there are TONS despite our use of insecticide... I hate using it, but if we don't we have ticks and nasties in the lawn. Ick) were teeming with life, ants--both with and without wings--were crawling from them in massive numbers. I don't know what message had gone out for hill evacuation, but someone surely sent the news.

Anyway, after being both fascinated and grossed out, I started looking for dog bombs when something else moved in the grass near the hill. A toad. I laughed a bit, figuring he was having quite a snack from all the ants, but moved on.

Found another hill in the midst of the ant exodus, found another toad. This happened a few times and I have decided we have the smartest toads around! It was one toad to a hill, and they were having a marvelously good time with their snack!


Okay, so no Sawyer Thomas for my little boy. Finn Huckleberry? *G*


You Are the Father

You are a strong, powerful figure in the lives of your friends and families.

In general, you value justice and fairness. You appreciate structure and rules.

At your best, you protect and guide those close to you.

You are a born leader. You are good at establishing order in chaotic situations.

At your worst, you are a tyrant who rules through intimidation and criticism.

You are quick to condemn other people as pathetic losers not worth your time.

Hmmm.... I wonder if my DH knows this?


Brandy said...

Those are smart toads!

I hope you're having a pleasant day!

Tori Lennox said...

LOL re the toads! Their mommas didn't raise no dummies. *g*

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

We've had tons and tons of rain in my corner of MI last night. I was coming home. We live on top of a hill. Hundreds of frogs were migrating up to where our neighborhood is. They were getting out of the streams of water pouring down the road and were all heading directly for our area, which is NOT at the top of the hill, but was dry enough. It was as if they knew. Fascinating...