Can you hear my screams?
This morning I was talking to DD in my bedroom when the maid ran in. “Come quickly! Lola (the dachsund) is eating a putrified bat! I can’t get it out of her mouth!”
In earlier days I would have jumped into action. Now I sit back, defeated. I’ve done my share of weird tropical shit over the years and no longer have the stomach. I don’t want to be the Mother in charge anymore.
Thank goodness my DD is of an age for me to say, “You handle it.”
I sit in the bedroom and after a few seconds decide maybe the situation needs Mama Me to supervise. Big mistake. I go out to the terrace and see DD with the dachsie in between her legs as she is prying the dog’s mouth open. She is yelling, “This is so disgusting! I don’t want to touch this!”
I’m nodding, yeah, that’s about right. Then I start yelling at the dog. (Big help.)
The maid stands with a plastic bag from Superama at the ready. (Superama is our very modern supermarket — but the name sounds like something out of the Jetsons or the Flintstones) She holds the bag under the dachsie’s chin so that the minute she releases the dead bat it will drop into the bag. But dachsie finds the putrid bat extremely tasty and doesn’t want to let go.
Finally, mission accomplished. I shouldn’t have gone to watch. DD comes in disgusted, of course.
If no one had been there to help, I would have let the damn dog eat the damn rotten bat.
Tropica will always have some exotica to deal with. If its not a gila monster under the couch, its a dachsie eating a putrified bat. What’s next, what more is possible? Plenty.
I called the vet and found out dachsie’s rabies shot had lapsed two years ago. (My how time flies.) “What was the shape of the bat’s face?” Only a tropical vet would ask that. Apparently, certain species of bats have more things to be worried about.
“It’s very rare to see a dead bat,” the vet muses and I think, that’s true. I only ever see live bats flitting across my pool when I swim at night, or flying through my living room so fast I think I must be imagining things.
After plenty of hand washing, DD says, “There was Lola, crunching on the bat’s wing, I could hear the crunch crunch crunch, as if it was the most delicious thing in the world.”
Palm trees, the oh so blue Caribbean, margaritas and siestas come at a price.
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