Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Obi Wan and Luke

Who would have ever thought I could harbor such resentment to the heros of the Galaxy.  Those two guys are the bane of my existence right now.  Obi Wan and Luke are water frogs that belong to Child #2.  He received them as a birthday present from his grandparents last year.  Like all birthday presents (and pets) the novelty was quick to wear off. 

The frogs came with a years supply of foul-smelling little froggy pellets and instructions to drop four pellets into the water every Wednesday and Sunday.  Simple, right?  At first it was.  We followed the instructions and I didn't give much thought to the two little frogs.  A couple months later my husband pointed out that Obi Wan was growing to gargantuan proportions and would attack Luke by the leg and pull him down to the bottom of the tank every time there was a food drop.  Child #2 wanted to change Obi Wan's name to "Dark Vader", as he calls him, in honor of the frogs evolving relationship.

I realized that more than a name change was needed.  Luke was starving to death.  It seemed as though Obi-Wan the frog was trying to give us the message of his better known counterpart and say, "This little one's not worth the effort."  Fortunately for froggy Luke, froggy Obi Wan is not very skilled with his use of the Force.  It was clear to me that some effort was needed because no one, not even a frog, is going to starve to death in my house.

They look deceptively peaceful
 I started by separating the frogs at mealtimes but other than that the food drop routine was unchanged.  A few weeks went by and Luke still seemed lethargic and pale.  I started to spend tens of minutes each Wednesday and Sunday observing Luke's attempts at feeding himself.  It turns out Luke is not the sharpest frog on the block.  He goes for the pellets and misses.  Even when he doesn't have to worry about Obi-Wan wrestling him back down to the bottom of the tank he still can't seem to make it to the top of the tank.  He tries to eat bubbles, dirt in the water, basically anything but the food.

After months of feeding duty I've figured out a system.  I drop the pellets in and gently blow on them until they are directly over Luke's head.  Then I wait until he notices.  About thirty percent of the time he gets the pellet.  The rest of the time it takes two or ten more tries.  The only good news I have to report about Obi Wan and Luke is it's clear they are both males.  I am, nothing, if not thankful there will be no froggy baby additions to this corner of the Galaxy.

9 comments:

Jo Schaffer said...

Use the force.
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Hart Johnson said...

Oh, you Galaxial peacemaker you... blind to Dark Vader's efforts at helping Darwin... We frog sat once, but we had to feed those puppies (which is to say tree frogs) LIVE CRICKETS. Taking care of those bloody crickets was a major undertaking... damp the sponge, not too wet--they need to drink but don't drown them... fresh sliver of apple...

Keep the damn things alive only to feed 'em to the frogs who don't bother half the time... grrrrr. Yeah, we won't be keeping frogs. (then again I am a mean rotten mom who won't allow a hampster either because I KNOW who would end up cleaning the rodent cage... and cute as they are, they really run an awfully high risk of becoming kitty snack.

Johanna said...

Jo, I don't think the force is strong with me!

Hart, you've just made me very happy there are no live crickets in my Sun/Wed mix.

Jen Daiker said...

This was hilarious... I especially loved That Jo said Use the force. Too funny.

bookworm said...

First off all the names Obi Wan and Luke are great. Secondly, way to go on taking such good care of these frogs! lol.

Kimberly said...

Just remember, some species of frogs can change sex in order to reproduce. And at least one common pesticide can trigger it, too! Just sayin' ...

Jennifer A said...

I used to have one of those frogs! Aww, I loved him. But then I bought him a friend and they both got sick and died. :(

Maybe they should just be in seperate tanks?? i have no idea. Poor little guy.

Johanna said...

Naida-Thanks!!

Kimberly, AAAHHHH! Seriously we cannot have baby frogs here!!

Jennifer, sorry about your little frogs. Mine (I mean) Child #2's seem strangely resilient.

rachel_shields said...

I feel like you should rename Luke to "Jar Jar".