Sunday, June 20, 2010

Wildlife, Music and Toilet Training

On our way home, a mother deer and her newborn baby fawn ran across the road in front of us. MissE hopped out to take a closer look, and the baby fawn just hunkered down and sat. The little critter didn't object when scooped carefully up and the little girls were able to get an up-close and personal look at the sweetie!
Makin' music - and let me tell you - it wasn't pretty!
Looks innocent enough, right? Well, what Zabi is doing is encouraging her baby to p**p! This is how young children in China are potty trained (usually at a very young age). The little one is held exactly like Zabi is holding her baby (well, not quite tipped as far back as that - more in a sitting position, but the legs held just like that!) on a toilet or over the ground. A grunting noise is made by the adult. A healthy combination of watching for the tot's physical cues that they have to take care of business and the adult's grunting noise combine for success. Zabi still makes the grunt noise when she is in process. It kind of struck me that she hasn't seen toilet training methods used here in USA yet! In her mind, that is the way that everyone does it.
This ferocious guy sits outside my bedroom window every night serenading me! It is hard to believe that such a little bugger can make such a loud croak! MissE brought him in for a quick visit tonight. Gee, thanks!


Kristi said...

Okay, totally laughing about the music. We have a LOT of that in our house too...

Anonymous said...

NEVER mess with a wild animal's young. People have been killed by deer. Would this girl do this with a bear cub as well? How stupid.