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Turkeys, Dragons and Snakes

18 September 2009

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Isn’t it funny how what you may first think to be a blessing can turn out to be a curse and what you first think to be a curse may actually turn out to be a blessing? Best of all though, is as twins how we can turn something around and look at things a completely different way, turning fear into love.

We didn’t expect our first home together to be anything more than a stepping stone to getting us living together in the same city and state, but we ended up renting the most lovely property alongside a large piece of nature, with a front veranda surrounded by large rock walls, a back decking in the tree tops and still only about 2 kilometres from the city centre. It felt like we were living in a rainforest, yet only a 5 minute drive from the very centre of the city.

Before long, we noticed these strange large black birds with red heads and yellow necks, wondering around the adjacent land. After some googling identified them as Wild Turkeys native to the area and found in many suburbs. As the following weeks passed, we would sit on the balcony and watch as they mated. The male would chase a female, sometimes to the very tops of trees, before mating and then moving onto the next one. One day we awoke to find a large mound of leaves just on the other side of our garden wire fence. Over the following weeks, we watched the male turkey scrape more and more leaves from all over and build the mound higher and higher till it ended up about 10 foot long and 4 foot high. Googling again, we discovered over a 2-3 month period each of the females would come to the nest and lay their eggs in the very same nest and the eggs would eventually hatch about 50 days later. We read that so many were laid because most would become the victims of natural predators and thought no more of it. We would daily sit as we ate breakfast on the side veranda and watch as all this unfolded, thinking how lucky we were. Hmmm. But not for long…

Late in August the temperature soared. The hottest winter day ever is recorded. We had about 4-5 days over 35C every day. Before long we noticed large lizards appearing. One particular type were quite large, light green, white and grey, aggressive looking and very very fast. We heard them racing across the dried leaves, then stopping, then racing again, then stopping. When we eventually started to catch sight of them, we saw they moved a huge distance in just a second or two. Certainly faster than we could ever run. Some more googling and we identified them as Eastern Dragon Lizards. Claire wasn’t happy. In fact over the next couple of days she decided she wasn’t keen on even going out to the washing line, and decided she wanted to move altogether.

So we had the turkeys being a blessing, and the lizards a curse. Or so we thought…

The heat continued into the third or fourth day. One Friday we were in the office when we heard birds making an almighty amount of noise squawking just outside our open doors. We looked up and our friendly little Grey Butcher Bird was sitting on the fence right outside the doors and squawking loudest off all, looking up right at us before looking down and squawking even more. I eventually got up and walked over to see what was going on and stood there in complete disbelief. There was a huge snake gliding down the garden path, about 2 feet from the door step. And I mean f*cking huge! It was a python, dark green, thick and solid. I called Claire out. We just stood there going ‘oh f*ck’. We estimated it was at least 8 foot long. It slid over to the turkeys nest, stopped for a while, then on under our washing line, then off over the back and out of sight. We couldn’t believe it. We thought there might be the odd snake to watch out for during the summer, but we didn’t think we’d have 8ft pythons literally on our doorstep. We sat and talked, and later that night after we had got over the initial shock decided to give it a name. Both at the same time we came up with ‘George’. And so it began…

The next evening we came home late in the evening to find a small thin brownish snake slithering along the rafters of the front veranda right outside the front door. The morning after that I checked around the veranda and discovered on the other side of the house another smaller 5-6ft python half on the rafters, half on a tree. In the space of 5 days we saw 4 different snakes on, or right next to the house. The large rock wall we had to walk past to get to the front door turned into a gauntlet, as we would hear all kinds of scurrying noises of creatures withdrawing into the cracks between the rocks as we went walked past just a couple of foot away.

We were in shock. It felt like we were in for a summer of being surrounded by snakes, and fearful of just getting into and out of our home. We talked it all through. We spoke to 2 local snake catchers who assured us there were no venomous snakes in this area and any we would see couldn’t harm us. They didn’t seem to realize coming face to face with one wouldn’t exactly be good for the pulse rate! Of course, they loved them, and didn’t understand the fear aspect. Ahh…fear!! We talked more and this is what we eventually learnt…

The lovely turkey nest we watched being built, was actually going to become the local restaurant for snakes and lizards. The blessing had turned into a curse!

The Dragon Lizard Claire had been so afraid of only a week earlier no longer frightened her, as there was a bigger fear to deal with. She would even shoo them off the path when they were in her way. Suddenly the lizard fear had disappeared, yet they hadn’t changed at all? Her fear had completely gone. Why? The lizard and it’s behaviour hadn’t changed at all? We realised all that had happened was a bigger fear had come along! It makes you realize, if say, aliens suddenly appeared and made themselves known to all the people of the planet, all the boundaries, all the fights, all the disagreements around the world would cease instantly, as a bigger fear would cause everyone of all races and cultures to no longer see each other as a threat, and bond together against a perceived bigger threat. Instead of focussing on the differences between us all, they would focus on the similarities.

So the bigger threat (snakes) was here, they couldn’t harm us and we couldn’t move yet, so we would just have to learn to live with them for now. The bigger threat certainly helped bond us closer within our little family. We’d go to the washing line in 2’s, and look out for each other when going up or down the garden path. Then we got to thinking about that as well… So who is to say the bigger threat is a threat at all? Actually we are living in their territory, so really, we are the threat to them. So we made sure we kept all the windows and doors closed at all times. We checked the veranda and decking each morning, just to be cautious. And we checked the paths before we went up or down them. We even named the snakes. We already had George, so the other python we often saw hanging half on the veranda half on the trees outside of Ricks bedroom window Liana named ‘Elle-belle’.

Last week our electricity went off one evening. We had to go out and in the pitch blackness with just a torch and go up the side of the house through thick bushes and trees, with 5ft shed snake skins hanging from some of the bushes, where clearly there are snakes, to turn the power back on. A month earlier we would never have thought we could have. But we did. Just maybe if aliens landed they aren’t necessarily here to kill us and might just be friendly? Why do we always assume they would be here to annihilate us? Maybe we would be a bigger threat to them? Maybe a common cold virus of ours would be lethal to them? It’s all about fear and love. It’s about how fear can be turned into love if you just think of the bigger picture, or turn around how you perceive.

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Comments


Thu 02 Jun 2011
your thought on souls being able to enter animals is beautiful. I think this might go for vegetation as well, as i have heard trees breathing before. ...Ryan S






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