Sunday, April 23, 2006

New Pets

After our adventures with the little dog (who is waiting for someone to adopt him at our local shelter, contact me if you're interested), Chris and I had pretty much decided that we didn't need any additional pets. Our goldfish had other plans. I took a scoop of the pond water the other day and was horrified to discover mosquito larvae wiggling around in the cup. Usually the fish do a pretty good job of eating them. West Nile virus is a pretty big deal down here and I didn't want to add to the problem. On the verge of tossing out the old water and refilling the pond, I took a closer look and decided that they weren't mosquitos but little fish! How does one make such a mistake? It's actually not all that difficult from a distance as they are the same size, shape, and color (see below). The two move quite differently however and that was the key. So, we have baby goldfish! I moved them to a large jar so they wouldn't follow in the path of the mosquito larvae and be eaten by their parents. I think we have about 6 or 7 of them and hopefully some of them will survive .