The Gecko Story
or, Why I spent 2 hours of my life cleaning the toes of a gecko in Maui
I was passing through the Lahaina Burger King parking lot
towards a goal somewhere on Luakini street when I spotted a fresh
fallen mango in the shade of a tree by the curb. I walked
over, sat down on the curb in the cool morning, picked up
and consumed the cool Hayden mango with great gust and
messiness. If you want the full effect of the absolute
wonderfulness of a mango You gotta wear one. All around your
mouth and all over your then-lickable hands. They are the Queen of
Fruits fer sure.
I looked to my left and there was a sticky cockroach trap with four
dehydrated geckos in it, glued from head to toe and
unmoving .. except for one!
One was Alive!!
I took them back to the park, used a long razor to slice under the living gecko's feet.
Then, to remove the excess glue, I tried water, olive oil, wd-40 and finally coffee, which worked!
(Makes me wonder about my coffee habit.)
The glue slowly dissolved from his mouth, then I slowly pulled his legs away from his body,
cleaning all of the sticky stuff off with Q-tips, finally separating the individual toes.. .
You can see here the trap behind the gluey gecko with the three
dehydrated geckos, no cockroaches. A few ants and beetles also died.
In his struggles his tail broke off.
Free at Last with a local admirer.