On the way to Dan’s violin lesson today, Vel started a conversation on animals…
Vel: “Mummy, there is a cockroach in the car when we first bought?”
Me: looking at her in a puzzled expression “no, not at all. When did we see cockroach in the car?”
She laughed and Dan carried on…
Dan: “mummy,mummy… Spiders eat cockroaches right?”
This started an interesting thread of Q&A.
Me: “Not in a way, but the thing is small animals will get eaten by big animals, followed by bigger ones and then the biggest one… This is how it works… Well, of course, it also depends whether the animal or insect is sick or weak, if it is … Even the biggest will be eaten by the smallest one….”
Vel: “so the lion will be eaten by the crocodile?”
Me: “hmm… Lions live in the wild grassland where there is little chance for them to see the crocodile unless they are near the river”
Dan: “So the lions will eat the elephant?”
Me: “basically, lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras live in the same environment- grassland… So lions will eat them when they are hungry. But not all of them will be eaten by lion unless they are injured, sick or weak. They have the chance to
Escape if possible…
Vel: “you know, Mummy, chameleon change colors? They can change to green, brown or even near to
Mushroom color if they want to….”
Hubby: ” I don’t even know that…”
Me: ” yes, Vel, you are right, they change so that they won’t be recognised by their enemies and won’t get eaten up. So did you know what animal eat the Chameleon?”
Me: “not exactly… They can climb trees”
Vel: ” yes mummy… Lion cannot
Climb trees but leopard can…”
Me: ” so guess.. Which one will win if the lion and leopard are to run a race?”
Vel: “the lion because he is the king of the grassland”
Me: “although the lion is the king but he may not be necessarily the one to win…Leopard… Because it runs very fast…. Can be up to 100km/h…..”
At this time… Hubby asked me…
Hubb: ” so let’s say we put a lion, leopard, cheetah and a panther together and run a race, which one will win?”
Hubb: “no, a cheetah. They keep records of the amount of speed they run in the different species”.
Vel: “mummy… Last time elephants are brown in color you know?”
Me:” yes yes!!! Those were during the dinosaur- ice age and they were called Mammoths at that time…and do you know which animal/ insects have been the longest living thing around??”
Dan and Vel were thinking of the answer….
Me: “it’s the cockroach!”
Vel & Dan: “ew!”
Hubb: ” dear.. Your good friend”
I thoroughly enjoyed the conversations with them on animals as I love to study about the universe, physics, biology and animals. Most importantly, sharing a meaningful and learning conversation.