The Craziest Creatures I’ve Worked With
I have worked with animals most of my life. Some have been great, and normal. Some … well let’s just say I still talk about them to this day. Some I even have pictures of.
Koko the Komodo Dragon
Unfortunately this is not one I have pictures for. The summer between my Junior and Senior years of college, I had an internship at a zoo. It was in the Herpetarium, working with all the lizards, snakes, tortoise, and such. One of the creatures not directly under my care (much to my mother’s relief) was Koko, the 7 foot, 7 inch Komodo Dragon. One day the keepers noticed she wasn’t feeling well (she hadn’t eaten or even shown interest in food in several days) so they decided sedating her was worth the risk and had her checked out by the vet. Blood work, x-rays; the works. Since she was already sedated, she might as well have the full work up. When her check up was done, and nothing conclusive was found, we brought her back to her enclosure. Sometime later we noticed she didn’t seem to be moving, and was unresponsive to stimuli. It was near the end of the day and I was one of only a few people around, so they let me go in her enclosure and assist. It was then that we discovered she was not breathing (some lizards only take a breath every few minutes, so it wasn’t immediately apparent). They had some basic first aid supplies, and intubated her (stuck a tube in her mouth and into her esophagus) but did not have a bag to breathe for her, so of course, we had to breathe into it. So there I was, inches from a Komodo dragon’s mouth, breathing into a tube, and she flinches. I don’t think I have ever moved so fast in my life. Unfortunately, this story does not have a happy ending, as after 5 hours of working on her, despite the few times she seemed to be coming around, she didn’t make it.
Two Headed Creatures
I worked at an aquarium whose owner had a morbid fascination toward two-headed creatures. Not just the dead stuffed ones, actual living, breathing animals with two heads. Mostly snakes and turtles. A two-headed animal is much like a siamese, or conjoined twin.
It is where an identical twin stops splitting in the embryonic stage. Just in this case only the heads split. I don’t really have any other info on these critters, but I do have pictures. I was not the direct care-taker, so no funny stories or anything, but come on! Do you have any pictures of a two headed creature? That’s what I thought.
At the same aquarium, we had stingrays. Of course the year I worked there was the same year Steve Irwin died during a freak accident with a stingray … a week before we rolled out our “Swim with the Stingrays” program. To show they were not vicious killers, I kissed one. Yup. On my lips.
I have tons of other stories, but I don’t want to keep you all day. What is the craziest creature you have ever touched? Don’t forget to check out the other blogs participating, and enter the giveaway below.
Oh yeah, BTW, I have pet a cheetah. Yeah, top that.