Our mummy blogger holds down a high profile job and has two young children. And she often asks herself ‘how do I do it?’
“Can crocodiles walk upstairs?”, asked my three year-old daughter when she woke up last Saturday. Such a great question – and a shame that I couldn’t find the answer on Google! I was, however, curious despite the fact that that my fruitless emails searching had put us 40 minutes behind schedule…so I emailed the local zoo in the hope that they could assist…
While waiting for a response, I took my baby to the local shoe shop to purchase his first pair of shoes, hoping that I would remember to mark the event in his baby book (I know he’s a second child but it seems a shame to leave it completely blank!). Unfortunately, the little monkey refused to take a single step with shoes on his feet and remained rooted to the spot in the shop. Even my abandoned iPhone on the other side of the store could not convince him to move (though it did attract a number of other sticky hands)! For a moment or two I thought all of my prayers had been answered and I would once again be able to go to the toilet without being followed but in the end we returned home empty handed. The weekend schedule had been scrapped.
Meanwhile, the Zoo had replied to my earlier question:
“We have asked our zoo curator and the crocodile keepers. Whilst they all believe that crocodiles would be able to walk upstairs, nobody has actually witnessed it.”
An answer like this was not going to satisfy my three year-old…but a gator sanctuary in Florida clarified the issue, thanks to a crocodile named Bubba, “an amazing gator who passes away several years ago“, who had apparently been trained to walk up and down stairs so that he could make public appearances.
I never thought to ask whether Bubba had ever been asked to do this in shoes…