It's time for a thrilling tale.
A tale of love. A tale of sadness. A tale of struggle.
A tale of shrimp.
@TheBugChicks had us sit down and get ready for their thrilling story.
Story time. An adrenaline pumping tale of indifference, near-tragedy and redemption. This is the story of how I… https://t.co/2dwyvw3rDX— The Bug Chicks (@The Bug Chicks)1585866741.0
Marty is the big one. Sal is the smaller one. https://t.co/n0nthyZQu6— The Bug Chicks (@The Bug Chicks)1585866753.0
Before anyone gets snickety- yes they are in a Pyrex bowl. It is temporary housing until luxury digs come on the market. I’m working on it.— The Bug Chicks (@The Bug Chicks)1585866753.0
Marty and Sal came from a local pet store, where our hero was buying specimens for her online workshops about arthropods.
Background-I teach abt arthropods (animals with exoskeletons & jointed legs.) During #StayHomeSaveLives time I have… https://t.co/9vkJTrOhJG— The Bug Chicks (@The Bug Chicks)1585866756.0
They are Amano shrimp. Very popular and hardy algae eaters for freshwater aquariums. I thought- I can teach with… https://t.co/oYznteKXDw— The Bug Chicks (@The Bug Chicks)1585866758.0
I’m not really a “whatever” kind of person. But with the shrimp for the last two days I was like https://t.co/aC9H4zCVWm— The Bug Chicks (@The Bug Chicks)1585866760.0
And when it came time to change their water, the adventure really began.
This morning I went to clean their water. I used a small ladle to scoop them into a new bowl so I could clean their… https://t.co/byPXfbaeQf— The Bug Chicks (@The Bug Chicks)1585866762.0
The transfer back went...sideways. Sal was an angel, honestly. He ladled like a champ and then looked up at me wi… https://t.co/NB2ESFpcfs— The Bug Chicks (@The Bug Chicks)1585866763.0
But Marty. He was in the ladle. He was there. I swear. He’s translucent but he was secure. When I brought the lad… https://t.co/yLVtPitmSu— The Bug Chicks (@The Bug Chicks)1585866765.0
Something you should know about Amano shrimp. They are translucent. This was the moment. The moment I realized I love these shrimp.— The Bug Chicks (@The Bug Chicks)1585866766.0
And it was in this moment of not being able to see Marty the shrimp that our hero really had to make a choice.
Would Marty survive this moment?
I scream- MARTY!!! My heart is racing. I find him inches from the bowl on his side on the tile. Near some spilled… https://t.co/jronseJPId— The Bug Chicks (@The Bug Chicks)1585866768.0
At this point, my manpanion @PeterCBlanchard is yelling from his office. What’sWrongAreYouHurtWhoIsMarty???? I to… https://t.co/6FlaoyS8Ll— The Bug Chicks (@The Bug Chicks)1585866768.0
Peter is a steady dude. Peter is looking at me like- you’re the person I’ve chosen? https://t.co/NT3HtUfIjP— The Bug Chicks (@The Bug Chicks)1585866770.0
Marty has shrimp-flopped again, off of my fingertips and dangerously close to the edge of the counter. I. Am. A.… https://t.co/AFgI7Eu7rw— The Bug Chicks (@The Bug Chicks)1585866772.0
With Marty flopping all over the place, it was then our hero realized...
...there was a canine danger lurking in the shadows.
If Marty splats on the floor my dog will maybe eat him. He is ready. He is always ready. https://t.co/DoKSzh3gsu— The Bug Chicks (@The Bug Chicks)1585866773.0
Time is of the essence. Peter grabs a metal spatula and I tightly say- he has translucent legs and two pairs of ant… https://t.co/v6q8c4OHfk— The Bug Chicks (@The Bug Chicks)1585866774.0
But in the end, Marty was saved.
Together, with my fingers on Marty’s cold carapace and Peters expert spatula-ing. We scrape my freshwater shrimp of… https://t.co/dwUWXJqgVy— The Bug Chicks (@The Bug Chicks)1585866775.0
I throw my arms around Peter squealing. Quarantine has done things to my emotions that take...adjustment. I am al… https://t.co/9EaGBAOa1b— The Bug Chicks (@The Bug Chicks)1585866777.0
Our hero reflected a lot about love that day.
Love is curious. It can sneak up on you. It can fill you up with unexpected joy if you’re open to it. Marty &… https://t.co/Q3RtSH7q4N— The Bug Chicks (@The Bug Chicks)1585866781.0
On a side but related note- I think I should start meditating. https://t.co/7t7uphjjos— The Bug Chicks (@The Bug Chicks)1585866783.0
And the shrimp?
They're doing just fine.
Marty & Sal are doing great. I’m gonna learn everything I can about them. ~Fin~ https://t.co/MvJTJvK77P— The Bug Chicks (@The Bug Chicks)1585866790.0
UPDATE: Marty and Sal have a fancy home. And two new shrimp friends, Beaker and Viv. https://t.co/HrbClQCrfA— The Bug Chicks (@The Bug Chicks)1586066238.0
This story is inspiring the masses.
@TheBugChicks This had everything - sell it to Netflix. https://t.co/Bw0NN6n0F9— Hannah 🏴 (@Hannah 🏴)1585895799.0
@TheBugChicks I’m so glad Marty is okay. Wasn’t sure how this one would end 💁🏻♀️ 🍤— Jen 🏒⚾️🎾 (@Jen 🏒⚾️🎾)1585889997.0
@TheBugChicks You thought you could teach them, but they taught you— MrsCaptainLanceMurdock (@MrsCaptainLanceMurdock)1585902258.0
@TheBugChicks MARTY!!!!!! https://t.co/ArSXKPgCsQ— Eric L. #StayHome #RestezChezVous #QuedateEnCasa (@Eric L. #StayHome #RestezChezVous #QuedateEnCasa)1585924209.0
@TheBugChicks This was beautiful! https://t.co/t4W7OWwMsQ— Mara Palumbo (@Mara Palumbo)1585872611.0
Quarantine is teaching all of us a thing or two about ourselves. May we all find new ways to love the Sals and Martys in our lives.
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