Wildlife at Church

I took lots of photos of chickens. This was the best one.
@akalinus (21350)
United States
June 30, 2017 12:34pm CST
I clean a church on Saturdays for a little extra cash. You would not believe how much the animal kingdom wants to get in. When I get there, the chickens are on the front stoop and the sidewalk in the back. I shoo them away from the door and slip inside. The first thing I find is a frog sitting in a toilet. It looks at me with its froggy eyes. I say, 'not happening,' and walk away pretending I don't see it. I hear a noise in the wastebasket. A lizard is trapped there. I take it outside and deposit it in a grassy area. It is immediately attacked by a bigger lizard. I shoosh it away. When I come back later, the big lizard is sitting all puffed up and I hope the smaller one took his chance to escape. I go back inside. The frog is now on the floor and I spend time catching it to take it outside. I hear a racket. A cat is at the door. That sets off a long petting marathon. I finally get done and want to go home. The chickens are lined up in the driveway like bowling pins. They dare me to run them over. After many toots of the horn and 3 foot stop and gos, I leave and wonder what the animal kingdom has in store for next week.
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• United States
30 Jun 17
I think it would be a fun job there,.. even with the frog..
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@akalinus (21350)
• United States
30 Jun 17
I am glad that he jumped out of the toilet with no help from me. I did not want to fish him out of there.
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• United States
30 Jun 17
@akalinus Oh yes,that would not have been fun.
@akalinus (21350)
• United States
30 Jun 17
@CookieMonster46 I was so happy that he hopped out by himself. It was easier to catch him that way. I wanted to make sure he got outside to start eating bugs.
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@Nawsheen (22958)
• Mauritius
30 Jun 17
I can't believe that you found so many animals in the church. It does seem to be Animal kingdom
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@akalinus (21350)
• United States
30 Jun 17
They seem to be everywhere. I like animals but they can be a pain sometimes.
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@Nawsheen (22958)
• Mauritius
2 Jul 17
@akalinus I agree. Do they actually cause lots of mess in the church
@Corbin5 (116393)
• United States
30 Jun 17
You really do have an animal menagerie on your hands. They must know that a church is a very safe place to spend some time.
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@akalinus (21350)
• United States
30 Jun 17
I am not sure that cleaning animals out of the church and grounds is in my job description.
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@Corbin5 (116393)
• United States
30 Jun 17
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@1creekgirl (12016)
• United States
1 Jul 17
That's so funny! Let us know how it goes next week.
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@akalinus (21350)
• United States
3 Jul 17
I will the next time something weird happens. It probably won't be that long.
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@MALUSE (43657)
• Uzbekistan
30 Jun 17
Is the church somewhere in the countryside?
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@akalinus (21350)
• United States
30 Jun 17
Yes, I live in a rural area. The chickens are recent. I don't know who owns them. I think someone owned them once and just let them go.
@DaddyEvil (25922)
• Aurora, Missouri
26 Jul 17
Hmmm... I must be missing the problem here, Jo Ann I do understand about not wanting to "fish" the frog out of the toilet, but am wondering if you washed him and your hands after you picked him up from the floor? After all, he didn't climb into the sink and rinse the poo water off himself, did he? I am not sure if the lizard thanked you properly for "releasing" him outside only for him to be eaten by another lizard... although the bigger lizard was probably very happy with you after feeding him! You didn't happen to notice if the cat ate one of the chickens while you were there, did you? (grinning and teasing you!)
@akalinus (21350)
• United States
26 Jul 17
Good to see you here, DaddyEvil. Someone locked the chickens up again. I can hear them crowing and clucking but they aren't here anymore.
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@DaddyEvil (25922)
• Aurora, Missouri
27 Jul 17
@akalinus I am always happy to "stumble" across you, Jo Ann! Oh! So the cat may have gotten one, whether you noticed it or not! LOL!
@akalinus (21350)
• United States
27 Jul 17
@DaddyEvil She does not seem like the type. Probably too messy.
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@Kandae11 (40370)
30 Jun 17
Seems like that church isn't used much.
@akalinus (21350)
• United States
30 Jun 17
People are there several times a week.
@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jul 17
Haha! At least you can't say cleaning the church is boring!