“It’s your turn for Critter of the Month Douglas! You ready to go?” Dr. Pete Diggle poked his head into the large enclosure, his handlebar mustache curling up in a smile at the dog-sized creature bounding towards him.
Its furry body wriggled with energy, and it vaulted on the claws of its folded wings like a pole vaulter to jump up into Pete’s outstretched arms. Pete laughed when Douglas nuzzled his hair. The large head cocked this way and that like a bird’s, large eyes focusing on every detail as Pete backed out of the large aviary and closed the latch…The trees that shaded the garage-sized enclosure of wood and wire mesh, the leaves that fell to the ground in the sudden cool breeze. Pete’s beat up white truck parked in the narrow driveway, right by a yellow painted shed, and a bright red bucket that sat against the wall of that shed. A lizard that scurried behind that bucket…
Douglas scrabbled against Pete’s shirt with small, sharp claws, pushing against the arms that held him. One large, leathery wing unfolded and buffeted Pete in the face. Pete’s grip loosened, and Douglas unfolded both wings to their full, five-foot span, and jumped down to the ground running.
“Wait Douglas, wait!” Pete ran after the feisty pterosaur, but the terrier-sized creature was nimble for an animal with wings for front legs and such an over sized head. He bounded for the shed like a dog after a squirrel, his long, thin tail bouncing like a flag behind him.
Douglas got away! It won’t take long for Pete to catch him though, so stay tuned! I hope to see you again in a day or two. 🙂