Wednesday, July 28, 2010
It's a . . . mutant rodent
Yup, I saw that every day for three months. Not a part of the NICU I miss.
This is a conversation that happened more than a couple times.
Me: "That thing is creepy. What is it?"
Corey: "It is a mouse."
Me: "It is NOT a mouse; it doesn't have a tail."
Corey: "Its tail is hiding. It is a mouse. Just stop looking at it."
But it is not a mouse. Here are the other guesses I have heard: gerbil, guinea pig, otter, prairie dog, beaver, apple mole. Nope, nope, nope.
The closest thing I ever got to an answer at MeritCare was in a conversation with a PICU nurse who overheard me commenting on it. She agreed that it is not the most welcoming looking animal and when I asked her what it is supposed to be, she said that it is a combination of two animals, but she couldn't remember what. My response was, "so it's a mutant rodent?" She said, "yes, I suppose it is." So there you go.
Of course, you can find the answer to anything on the Internet, and the MeritCare page actually gave me a full answer. (Why I didn't think of that when I was looking at it every day for three months, I don't know. My brain wasn't functioning normally.) So here you go, from "Alfunz" (yes, that is his name) himself: "I was born in the mountains past the Willow Windmill. My mother is a Pika and my father is a Dormouse… so I'm kind of a Peeka-Door, but I just like to think of myself as tan and fuzzy."
A pika and a dormouse, why didn't I think of that. . .
There is your NICU trivia for the day.