This 20 year old’s best friend was a praying mantis

Thursday, December 5, 2019 3:09 pm
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If you don’t know Mel from The Drive Show, here’s one quick fact: she LOVES animals. She loves animals so much so wants to share it with the family. So once a week she shares one of her favourite animal stories in Furry Tails .
Andreas was heading back to his car only to find a praying mantis on his front wheel. He didn’t want to crush her so picked her up and put her on top of his shoulder.

“I thought it would fly away or jump off but it just hung around.” Andreas walked around a bit and drove to his girlfriend’s house. His girlfriend couldn’t believe that it had hung around and they both thought it was pretty cool so they decide to take it along with them to the beach.

Andreas decided to name her Frankie.

She stayed with them all day, at first Andreas thought he was protecting her from being crushed. Then she kept hanging around, basically familiarizing herself with him so Andreas decided to take her back home. He put her on a plant right outside his room and thought “if it wants to chill or stay that cool, or it can leave no worries” but she stayed!

So when Andreas would leave to go out and do some errands he would put his finger out to her and she would jump on. He would take her out with him and then he would put her back on his finger and let her get onto the plant if she wanted.

Instead, she would climb onto his shoulder and want to stay.

She was so small Andreas became so aware of where she was when they were hanging out. Little by little they were creating a bond. They would even play games together! When she was on his shoulder she would say to her “jump, jump”, give her some encouragement and she would jump. She would come to work with him and chase the mouse on the computer screen, then one day she actually caught a fly that was in the office.

She always wanted to be there with him so he took her everywhere, rock climbing, skate boarding.

After 3 months he knew that it couldn’t last forever. He saw her energy levels decreasing each day. Then one night he said he saw it in her eyes. So he put her in the pot with the orchid and he knew it was her time.

Andreas said Frankie made his day.

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