Toad in the Hole

July 04, 2006


A firecracker for the Fourth of July.


And a wish for a good day, whether it's an official holiday by you or not.

We're off to the Marin County Fair, and I'm wondering if they still have a giant anteater in the petting zoo there.

Posted at July 4, 2006 06:37 PM


Very nice. Thank you.

Hey, do anteaters enjoy being pet?

Posted by: Sara at July 6, 2006 03:07 PM

I'm glad to say thay do. I've been solicited on two occasions by giant anteaters in zoos; they came up to the lowest bit of their enclosure walls and braced themselves, standing up more or less, and offered those irresistible long bony heads until I got the point. They're fun to rub, too: short horsehair-sofa hair over hard nose and skull. And they clearly enjoyed it too, hung around for more.

They're so elegant, that Art Deco pattern, those Borzoi-to-the-max faces. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised that their noses are sticky, like (maybe from) their tongues.

The petting zoo on Tuesday didn't have one, but there was a little wallaby of some sort, and a chicken whose life I feared for in the crowd, and many goats, and a small spotted deer with a collar on. I'm probably forgetting some. We didn't go in, as I was both worn out and feeling respiratorially challenced by then.

Posted by: Ron at July 6, 2006 04:32 PM

That is so great! My "awwwwww" factor is through the roof! Thank you!

I think anteaters might make really great pets, now that I know this. There are lots and lots of houses around here with carpenter ants and termites and such. I wonder how they'd deal with living indoors and occasionally being aimed at discreet portions of infested architecture. I also wonder how one feeds an anteater when one is not aiming him or her at discreet portions of infested architecture.

Posted by: Sara at July 7, 2006 05:46 PM