Stick Insects And Stones May Break My Bones

April 14 | 2 Comments

Forward this article on to your owners so they will understand how lucky they are to own you. It’s about a new pet that isn’t the least bit threatening to our relationship with the hand that feeds us.

THERE is something more bizarre than keeping a stick insect as a pet. Naming it “The Cardinal.”

Laurie Hayes had never seen a stick insect before he found “The Cardinal” in the front yard of his Narellan home last Monday.

He named it “The Cardinal”? Why not something like, uh, ‘Stick’. As in: “Hey Stick, did you see that wooden match on FireTV last night?”, “Stick, you dog. I see you checking out the knot holes on that tree.”, “Is that a twig in your pants or are you just happy to see me, Stick?”.

“I was cutting roses for my wife and I thought my rose bush was dying,” he said.

“I saw some magpies in the jacaranda eyeing him…so I cut the branch off the rose bush and kept him in a baby’s bath.”

I have no idea what he just said.

He then transferred the 30-centimetre-long insect to his aviary in the backyard, where it shares a dirt floor and lush plants with a few birds and some fish. Mr Hayes said The Cardinal was”more than happy” in its new environment.

I know, that’s not different than where a lot of us spend time. At least Stick has the company of birds and fish in his sanctuary. I’m sure he’s as happy as we are when we’re in our crates.

Mr Hayes said he was a bit unsure about the stick insect at first. “I was a bit wary but now he seems most contented,” he said. “He’s a friendly little fella.”

Honestly how do they know? Does the Cardinal show it by purring like a kitten, cooing like a dove or chewing cud like a cow?

Mr Fellenberg will hold a meeting on endangered stick insects on April 19. Details: 0419696691

And I’ll be holding a meeting on endangered canine treats the same day. Please join me at 1-800-Bo-Treat.


2 Responses to “Stick Insects And Stones May Break My Bones”

  1. dfd on May 11th, 2009 6:05 am

    eeerrrmmm guess what that is just stupid

  2. schit on July 8th, 2009 9:43 am

    Being hit by a car is the most common way for a pet tobreak a bone, according to Veterinary Pet Insurance of Brea, Calif., which received more than 5,000 claims for fractures in 2008.

    More Information at

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