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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
Michael Ellis by Helen on 20 May 2004 3:37pm
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> Is this for real?
>> Germans flock to adopt ants as pets
>> Hard up Germans are opting for the ultimate in low maintenance pets in hard
>> times - ants.
>> The craze was highlighted at this month's Interzoo 2004, a Nuremberg trade
>> fair devoted to the pet trade.
>> The trade-only four-day fair in the German city attracted more than 1,100
>> exhibitors, mainly from Germany, the US, Italy and China.
>> Luxury items like dog toothpaste and pet sofas were still selling well at
>> the top end of the market but ant colonies were the new pet of choice in the
>> bargain basement.
>> Spurred on by recent changes in the law that now forbids Germans to destroy
>> ant nests in the wild - and in their own gardens - people have discovered a
>> new passion for them in increasing numbers.
>> Large terrarium-style habitats which are big enough to accommodate entire
>> ant colonies - but still small enough to fit on a coffee table - are all the
>> rage. There is even one German pet shop specialising exclusively in ants.
>> "People are realising that a pet doesn't have to be a puppy or a kitten or a
>> fish," says Martin Sebesta, proprietor of the The Ant Store in Berlin.
>> "Ants are much easier to care for than a cat, for example. They don't eat
>> much, they don't smell, they don't make any noise, they are fastidiously
>> clean and - best of all - they are fascinating creatures.
>> "I defy anybody to resist watching ants at work. You think you've just been
>> watching them 10 minutes and then look at the clock and realise a couple of
>> hours have gone by."
>> Sebesta stocks about 30 species of ants, ranging in price from £7 for a
>> colony of common German carpenter ants to £700 for a colony of exotic
>> Australian bulldog ants.
Re: Michael Ellis by canaveralgumby on 20 May 2004 5:33pm
Truth is stranger than Python.

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