Tuesday, January 18, 2011
What the heck is that?
I woke up early this morning to check emails and out of the corner of my eye I thought I saw a mouse. I wish. It was not a mouse but a huge creepy Weta bug. I F-R-E-A-K-E-D out. My giant man child Morgan (6'1") wouldn't go near it. I had to catch it and release it since our resident vegetarian, Ewan, pointed out that it is protected and we cannot kill it. We probably could have grilled it and had it
for lunch with leftovers.
The Weta bug is revered in NZ and they are , in fact, protected. They do bite, though I didn't know that when I was catching it. Other than leaving a stinging bite, they are harmless. You won't die or need to go to the ER if you get bitten by one. Good to know.
You see, our delightful house in NZ does not have air conditioning and since it was hot last night (84 F), I had left our windows open. Of course the Kiwis don't put screens in their windows (that would be wimpy) so our new house guest just waltzed right in unmolested.
If anyone can find regulations on State Department housing and air conditioning / screened windows, please forward it to me. I will be eternally grateful. I can learn to love pink walls and tile floors but there is no way I am going to let my kids melt at night or snuggle up to Wetas, no matter how "privileged" we are to live in New Zealand.