Reblogging this as it didn’t receive much traffic at the time. Hope you enjoy it.
Pets are part of the family. Most children growing up have one, gerbil, hamster, goldfish or a rabbit seem to be quite popular as a kid’s ‘first’.
Not me. We lived about a mile away from heathland, and my first ‘pets’ were slow worms and sand lizards. Grandad was living with us at the time, and he converted an old birdcage into an enclosure for them, complete with a little pond. I didn’t really know much about them, but made sure they had plenty of fresh greenery (as picked from said heathland), water and bugs to eat. As all kids do, my sister and I wanted to play with them often, and would instigate slow worm races on the back porch. They sort of escaped into the outside toilet when Mum was in there, and you could hear her screams all the way down the road. Sadly, that was the…
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