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Grown men run from him!

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:11 am
by saraho
https://www.watertownsd.us/993/Charlie-the-Library-Lizard

Just wanted to poke some fun at people who are deathly afraid of bearded dragons. Charlie is the library's education animal so he goes with me to events. Yesterday at a Fire Hydrant Party he was doing his thing, making friends with kids and running around like a madman. A local business man (a grown man) saw him jumped and then tried to get the woman he was with to take over his job handing out Popsicles. She refused too, even as a little toddler wandered up and reached out to pet him.

I guess I'd understand if we lived in an area with poisonous snakes, but we don't. Charlie's arrowhead shaped head and long tail could freak someone out at first glance if they were accustomed to a rattlesnake, for example, but we literally have no poisonous snakes in this part of the state.

All I can say, is thank goodness for kids without fear in situations that don't warrant it, and for the adults who start off hesitant but ask questions and ultimately befriend my little dude.

Re: Grown men run from him!

PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 6:54 am
by Shaun78
He's adorable! You'd be throwing me out because I'd want to hold/play with him all day :lol:

Re: Grown men run from him!

PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 7:53 am
by gwi11iams
Sara,

In Tucson, we have plenty of poisonous...well, everything. Even in Arizona, there is no reason to fear the great bearded dragon! It is not like we beardie owners are walking around with Gila monsters on our shoulders. :lol:

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Re: Grown men run from him!

PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 7:59 am
by gwi11iams
Meet a Gila monster.

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Re: Grown men run from him!

PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:53 am
by saraho
It is not like we beardie owners are walking around with Gila monsters on our shoulders.

How cool if you could though?!?

I think it's just a simple fear of the unknown. I work in a library, so I know the best way to deal with the unknown is to learn about it. Unfortunately, not everyone sees things the same way I do.

Re: Grown men run from him!

PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 12:19 pm
by Shaun78
saraho wrote:
It is not like we beardie owners are walking around with Gila monsters on our shoulders.

How cool if you could though?!?

I think it's just a simple fear of the unknown. I work in a library, so I know the best way to deal with the unknown is to learn about it. Unfortunately, not everyone sees things the same way I do.

Unless that unknown is a spider. Then you burn the building down to make sure you killed it :lol: