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Topic: Risk (05/17/12)
TITLE: Skinking By
By darlene thompson
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bobcats, coyotes, wild turkeys, squirrels, raccoons and red tail hawks. Usually, the animals remain in the woods.
One day I was busy preparing a meal and suddenly shocked to find myself looking at a blue-tail skink. The skink is lizard-like with deep blue strips on each side of its body. In addition to their beautiful color, they are very swift. The skink sat perfectly still pretending I could not see him beside my refrigerator. Because of his speed, I knew I had to make one lunge and be deadly accurate in scooping him up. I saw some bubble wrap near by. I thought if I could toss the wrap over him I could grasp him and release him to the outdoors.
Slowly I eased up to him with the bubble wrap. Quickly I tossed it over him only to see him dive under the refrigerator. Now I had another dilemma. I grabbed my yardstick and ran it back and forth under the refrigerator. After about ten minutes of poking under the refrigerator, I gave up. I needed to attend other chores. I left the kitchen and re-entered several times hoping I would see the skink.
Finally, I returned to the kitchen. There sat the skink beside the kitchen door. He was trying to find a way out. This time I grabbed two towels and sneaked upon him. He bolted for the corner of the kitchen. I blocked his escape with one towel. This forced him to return to the door. I had the other towel ready to toss over him. He dashed toward me and I threw the towel. I tried to pick him up but he slitered out of the towel and ran for the door. With a towel in one hand and with my other hand I grabbed the doorknob. I opened the door. The skink made a bee-line for the backyard. As he sped away, he looked back at me as if to say, "I risked my life to see the inside of your house but I prefer cool slime and mud much better. So much for my risk-taking experience!"
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