Pet Cricket

Pet Cricket

Postby Mother Theresa » 30 Jul 2012, 18:33

Check this out:

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AN AUSPICIOUS CRICKET (eating mango)

Signifying Good Fortune and Long Life. :bow:


Looks an awful lot like a cockroach, doesn't it? In fact, that's why we now have it as a pet. My daughter's friend had it as a pet (not the same friend that had the pudding mice), but her mother was repulsed by it, because she thought it looked like a cockroach.

I agree, it does. But it's still very interesting. In particular, it's interesting how much/fast it eats. You wouldn't believe it. Stick a piece of lettuce in there, bigger than a NT$50 coin and it's gone in a minute or two. Same for pieces of mango, kiwi, apple, etc.

And this morning I got up early and heard it singing, sort of, which is part of the reason for 5,000 years the Chinese (and Japanese) have been so enamored by them, sticking them in special little cages....and forcing them to fight each other to death.

Anyway, we just got it a week or so ago and it's quite interesting.
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Re: Pet Cricket

Postby Ducked » 02 Oct 2012, 22:14

Picture the scene: Staff Common Room in a large, upmarket private school, where a younger Ducked has been sent on teacher training practice. Crusty old bugger is trying to make conversation/asses/intimidate the new oik:

"How's your cricket?" ses he, doubtless hoping to rope me in for some sportsfield duties, or maybe just establish "common ground".

"I don't have a cricket." ses I. (I'd already decided I didn't like teaching.)

The assembled company were very, very un-amused.

Perhaps I should have got one. :ponder:
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Re: Pet Cricket

Postby urodacus » 02 Oct 2012, 22:23

How on earth can they even hold the bat, or bowl?


I don't believe it.
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Re: Pet Cricket

Postby jimipresley » 02 Oct 2012, 22:27

urodacus wrote:How on earth can they even hold the bat, or bowl?

Of course they can't hold a bat. Bats EAT those critters! And they obviously can't hold a bowl, although they fit nicely into them in Viet Nam. Good God, urodacus. I thought you knew a little about entomology. :roll:
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Re: Pet Cricket

Postby Nuit » 02 Oct 2012, 23:16

Seeing as the OP was 2 months, the imago is probably dead by now. A cricket's innings is not long.
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Re: Pet Cricket

Postby Ducked » 03 Oct 2012, 08:06

Nuit wrote:Seeing as the OP was 2 months, the imago is probably dead by now. A cricket's innings is not long.


Ah, but you never know whether he's gone....

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Re: Pet Cricket

Postby Nuit » 03 Oct 2012, 08:40

Perhaps you should've launched into that in the Staff Common Room.
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Re: Pet Cricket

Postby Ducked » 04 Oct 2012, 06:31

Nuit wrote:Perhaps you should've launched into that in the Staff Common Room.


No brass band.

Plus some of them were probably almost as old as I am now, and may not have relished the opportunity to contemplate their mortality.

:ponder: Yeh, perhaps I should've. :)
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