Really, I was attacked. Of all places, inside of Walmart in the diary department. There we were looking at the milk...
"The date on the milk is July 15th," said my DH. "How many should we get?"
"Hey, Dad - look!"
My DH and I turned to see what DS was pointing toward. Across the way in front of the eggs stood a woman. Something was clinging onto her arm.
My husband says, "Is it a squirrel?"
"I don't think so, " came DS's response.
I exclaimed, "What is that thing?" Obviously a little too loud because it got the woman's attention. She approached us. Just as she entered my personal space I began backing up. Remember folks, I'm totally OCD. I felt threatened. Panic swelled inside me. I totally tuned out the conversation between my DS and this woman by this point. Suddenly, IT leaped onto my arm.
"Eeeck!' I let out. I could hear my echo as that THING ran up on my arm to my shoulder.
"Oh! This has never happened before," explained the woman. "Don't be afraid, it won't hurt you. It must like you."
I didn't care that IT liked me or not. I was in shock and paralyzed, as the woman retrieved this THING now on my left shoulder. My arm felt all scratchy. That's when I noticed the culprit drew blood...my blood! It's tiny razor claws dug into my skin at my wrist where it initially jumped onto me.
"Are you okay?"
All I could do is shake my head that I was okay.
"Its really a friendly little thing.
I backed away.
She finally turned to leave, "This has never happened before, I just don't understand. Are you sure you're okay?"
With one last nod of affirmation I was okay, she....more importantly IT disappeared from my sight.
Meet my attacker or at least this is what my attacker looked like...
No, not the woman, the thing on her shoulder. It's called a Sugar Glider. If I hadn't been frightened out of my wits and had the pleasure of seeing it behind glass or in a cage then I might find this little critter kind of cute. I'm very thankful, though it didn't do this to me....
give me a facehug!
Word of warning, Sugar Gliders are notorious for jumping on people. Steer clear of them. I know I will! On a postivie note, the only good thing which came from my experience is inspiration for my Alphabe-Thursday 'G' assignment. Who would have thought, right? ^.^
Today's T2Q are:
1. How do you feel about people bringing pets into the store? I certainly don't think pets of any size should accompany people to the store unless it's an animal that's used to assist someone. I highly doubt a Sugar Glider falls into that category.
2. Have you ever been attacked by an animal? This attack is not my first, when I was very small two large dogs attacked me or so it seemed. I was really small, maybe two or three years old. We were visiting someone, I don't even know who when I spyed two
horses dogs coming toward me and I bolted (first mistake) for my mommy who was...where was she anyhow? I don't remember, I just ran for our car which was up a very long drive way. It had to be a mile long...okay I'm exaggerating. It felt like a mile, though. By the time I reached the gate, those beasts were standing behind my back, breathing down my neck pressing me against the gate. All I can remember was I was trembling and crying so hard. In retrospect, I realize they were probably only playing with me. I wasn't physically hurt me, but try telling that to a very small and scared little girl. "Oh darling the nice big dogs only want to play with you." Uh-huh, I don't think so.
Visit Miss Jenny and the rest of the Alphabe-Thursday classroom for more groovy 'G' posts and while you're hopping around, be sure to play along with Miss Amanda in 94th edition of Thursday Two Questions.