For those of you who read the title of this post and thought that I had something to tell you about a new Lisbeth Salander mystery, I apologize. As you were. This is all about one creature and one little girl that I met at the Phoenix Zoo last week.
I've always been fascinated by the Komodo dragon, the largest living lizard in the world. Local people in the dragons' native habitat call them "land crocodiles," which might be why Komodo dragons also make me nervous. When I saw that the Phoenix Zoo had one, I had to go take a look.
Unfortunately, the Komodo dragon saw me coming and hid behind the boulders in its enclosure. No matter how long I waited or tried to hide, it wouldn't even stick a nostril above those rocks. I finally gave up and left.
Then it was Denis's turn to take a look, and-- wouldn't you know it?-- that blasted lizard scurried right out and posed for him!
|Komodo dragon posing for Denis|
|Komodo dragon head, closeup|
While the lizard was posing for Denis, I was outside admiring a beautiful statue.
|Komodo dragon statue|
|Closeup of statue...note the little girl in the background|
A mother and her little daughter had joined Denis at the window, and the little girl seemed appropriately impressed, and spooked, by the large creature. But when she saw the statue, the little girl lit up and ran right toward it.
|Sometimes an imaginary dragon is better|
This dragon was much more to her liking, and she climbed right up on its back. Running her hands down the neck of the statue, she demanded that her mommy take her photo... so I took one, too.
Sometimes imaginary dragons are much more fun-- and much safer-- than the real ones.