Weta On The Foot

Wetas are similar in size and shape to crickets, though unrelated.
They give a sharp nip when scared.
The barbs on their back legs draw blood when they kick.

The tabby hunter brings trophies
inside: flapping butterflies,
crunched beetles, desperate birds,
disembowelled worms, struggling wetas.
She stops the bells on her collar ringing
no matter what Mummy does.

Mummy said don’t play with wetas,
they bite, their back legs make your
hand bleed when they kick.

The four year old, so fascinated by bugs,
stood staring at a weta on the floor.
It hopped on to her foot, her parents came
running at her piercing screams.
They tried to calm her, remove the weta,
but she ignored them.

Daddy wrapped one long arm
around her arms and shoulders,
the other long arm around her legs.

Mummy gripped the leg with one hand
and slowly peeled off the sock,
keeping the sock around the weta,
took it out, tipped it on to a bush.

Clever Mummy !
At last the house was quiet again.
Mummy and Daddy leaned back,
exhausted, on the couch.

Grandad says someone should
tell the tabby hunter
that wetas are indigenous,
protected, by law.

But Tabby doesn’t care.


Previously posted July 2016.

Weta On The Foot

3 thoughts on “Weta On The Foot

    1. But the poor little wetas just mind their own business in the garden, and climb bushes. They are an endangered native species. This one probably tried to bite or kick the tabby hunter. She would not have been pleased !!

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