Since last weekend, our woolly bear caterpillar Maomao hasn’t been eating anything and it has curled itself like a fur ball. A quick check on the internet resources, we found out that our caterpillar is ready to hibernate for winter. How exciting! Now we have to put the caterpillar in a place where it is unheated like the shed or basement and wait till next Spring for it to become active again. Hopefully by then, we will get to see it transforms into a beautiful moth.
Frankly speaking, I actually wanted to release Maomao back to the nature. I was worried about whether we can provide enough food and the right environment for the caterpillar to strive and grow into a moth. If it dies because we didn’t do a good job in taking care of the caterpillar, I would feel really upset and guilty. If it wasn’t The girl, who is so fond of the caterpillar and assured me that she would take care of Maomao, I would have release it. But I’m so glad now that I didn’t because if I did, I wouldn’t know how responsible my daughter is. *Proud mama*
Everyday after school, the girl would take time to choose the best leaves on the branches to give to Maomao. She would also clean out the dried old leaves and once every few days, she would even empty the container to get rid of the poops of the caterpillar!! As she is really responsible and attentive towards the caterpillar, I didn’t even have to do anything! I’m praying hard that her effort will not go wasted and Maomao will emerge into a beautiful moth in a few months time.
The girl caring for Maomao.
It is so true that getting a pet would help to teach young children about responsibility and other important life lessons such as discipline, patience, kindness and attentiveness. But if you are not ready to make a long term commitment to a pet like us, I highly recommend you to rear a caterpillar!
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Go, Maomao, Go!