As some of you know, the other night I was accompanied home by a Praying Mantis. My dear friend Shiva of theshivasponder informed me that in India, where he lives, the Praying Mantis is called the Shiva’s Horse.
So in honor of my friend and fellow blogger, I officially name this Praying Mantis, Shiva!
Shiva came home with me on Thursday night, he rode on the hood of my car. Upon arriving home, I put him where my shrubs are, I thought he’d like it there. Shiva does seem to like it there and he has visited each shrub and bush in the garden. I was hoping the drive home on my hood caused him no damage to his legs and as you can see in the video, Shiva seems to be moving without issue.
At one point in this recording, Shiva lifts up his body and looks right at the camera, just as he did the other night. I think he might have a career in Hollywood. Funny, I noticed that his eyes were green now whereas the other night they were black. They must change color between daytime and nighttime.
I checked on him again today and he’s quite happy, as I can hear him singing, probably practicing for his movie debut. The sound you hear in the recording, I believe, is coming from Shiva, if you can hear it, it’s a cricket sound. I hope you enjoy the video as much as I do…it still makes me smile when I think about how it all happened…and especially the symbolism.