Dying Away

So we noticed that the praying mantis wasn’t looking quite well shortly after we came back from our trip
There were some spots and discoloration on its body
Thinking that it might be shedding old skin
(yes, we read that praying mantis do renew their coats when they grow bigger)
we told Malcolm that it should be fine

Days went by but the praying mantis seemed to have grown weaker
It didn’t move as much and very often never finished its food
It would still attack its prey with vigor but could only finish part of its hunt

Then a few days ago we came home and found it lying on its back
One of its legs was missing
It could have lost it to the crickets while battling with them

We were sadden by the sight of it
That night we let it stay out of its cage and it sleeps on the TV console
We tried feeding him bits of raw meat from a tweezer
but it barely ate

Then we tried feeding live cricket
It grabbed hold of its prey tight and started eating
We were happy
It seemed to have regain its ferocious self
We were relieved

But things weren’t as good as we thought

The next morning we found the praying mantis lying motionless
The cricket was dead but was left almost untouched
The praying mantis barely ate it

With its legs all curled up, the little creature lay motionless in Malcolm’s hands
Its body had lost its vibrant green and had turned yellowish
Its legs were barely moving
But the tiny movement of its mouth was a sign that it was still alive

For a long while, Malcolm held his little friend in his hands
gently stroking its body and softly calling it
It was a depressing sight
I knew he was desperately hoping that his little friend could sprung back to life

But the truth was
his little green friend was shriveling and slowly dying away

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We took him out from school that day
Instead it was a day where he learned about grief and sorrow, life and death

 

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2 comments

  1. Rachel says:

    Aww…it must have been tough for Mal to deal with the loss of his pet 🙁 Hope he is feeling better now…an unusual pet to have had btw.

    • Rachel says:

      thanks Rachel…he is feeling better now…and is ready to get a new pet…he asked for another praying mantis…but that will depend on our luck to find one
      Love your Tasmania’s trip photos ! must be a lot of fun and a lot of work to put up all those pics 🙂

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