The boy had opened the cage and put the Gila monster under his coat, and away they drove. Several miles down the road, the venomous stowaway was discovered. The parents wheeled around and rushed back to the museum.
When the big lizard was returned to its cage, and the owner learned that the boy had actually handled it and stuck it under his coat, the man said, “Don’t you know the Gila monster is poisonous? If it had bitten you, it could have killed you!”
And the boy said, matter-of-factly, “He wouldn’t have bitten me. He likes me, and I like him.”
I’ve never forgotten this event. There’s a lesson to be learned here somewhere.
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