I'm too busy at school these days
, but I've got to tell you about some more-or-less neighbourhood animals anyway.
In this picture you can see the largest library in Malmö. In front of the library is an old-fashioned street car, which runs through the park of Slottsparken in the summer. You can also see a pond in the foreground of this picture.
Picture: Elake Karsten.
The picture was taken at the pond opposite the library.
In the summer there are a lot of frogs in that pond. When it's sunny, they will sit at the water's edge, particularly in a place at the far left in the picture above. I love to sneak up on them and see them jump into the water. Even better, if you stand still, they will slowly come back to where they were before so that you can see them better.
I saw the first frogs of the year about two weeks ago or so. The next time I saw them, perhaps ten days ago, the weather was lovely and warm and there was "a confusion of frogs" at the water's edge. Indeed, there was "an embarrassment of frogs", there were so many of them!
And not only that. The frogs were nowhere near as shy as they usually are. When I walked up on them they jumped into the water, but they crawled back almost instantly. And then I realized why - they were mating! That's why they were so busy and excited, and why they ignored me! Boy, did they pile up on one another! The funniest part of it was seeing how they blew their little cheeks into semi-transparent balloons, producing their mating calls. You know, in English frogs say "ribbit", but in Swedish they say "kvack"!
All these little Kermits made up a regular frog choir!
I'd like to tell you about another "animal experience", too. In Malmö we have an amusement park which contains a small "zoo". Here you can see various snakes, lizards, monkeys and large turtles.
But they also have small kangaroos of a kind called Bennett's kangaroo (or possibly Bennett's wallaby).
Photo: Lajos Endrédi
I was passing by the other day and decided to stop and see if the kangaroos were out where you can see them. And indeed they were. There was an albino kangaroo and a female kangaroo with her - what do you call them? Calf? Cub?
As I was looking, the baby kangaroo - which was not in its mother's pouch - got hungry and wanted to eat. It put its mouth somewhere inside its mother's pouch - or that is what it looked like anyway. I looked on, feeling quite interested.
The mother got tired after a while and pushed her baby away. She stood up, looking at us and showing us her "front". I tried to see if I could see her teats. All I could see was that a region near her pouch looked red, but not as if it hurt. It was probably the normal color of her teats.
As I was looking at the female kangaroo, her baby suddenly got scared for some reason. Suddenly, the red region on the female's stomach just yawned wide open! And no sooner had that red hole opened up than the baby kangaroo jumped inside! Except the baby was too big, so that its tail and left hind leg hung outside. The mother hopped inside to where we couldn't see her, with her baby hanging partly out of her pouch!
Well, wow! I love the frogs in the pond near the library, and I love the kangaroos in the amusement park!
What made these two experiences so lovely was that the frogs and the female kangaroo and her baby were so close to me. It felt almost as if I could have put out my hand and lifted up a frog, or patted the kangaroo baby.
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