Update on Crush the Snail

Do you remember Kid’s rescued pet snail? Here is the post where Kid found him and made him a new shell and called him “Crush”.

It has been several months since his rescue, and Crush has been growing a new shell! Kid has been adjusting his old shell slowly as the new one grows out. I have to say I didn’t expect this little guy to live, and I feel proud of Kid’s gentle attentiveness to care for the little mollusk.

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Crush is happy, and moves around just as well as the other snails. Here is the habitat that Kid set up for them.

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He was pretty excited to find that they had laid eggs. He is curious to watch them grow from hatching.

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This whole process has been very educational for me too. I have not really given snails much thought, but have come to learn that they have little personalities, they play, and each snail prefers different foods.

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Snail Hospital

Every time it rains, it has been difficult for Kid to witness the snails being crushed by people accidentally walking on them. He has tried bringing them home to try to help them but they have all passed away.

Recently Kid found this little guy on a sidewalk and had been stepped on. At least 80% of his shell was crushed, so Kid brought him home despite knowing he probably wouldn’t be able to save him. He tried making a shell for him out of sculpting beeswax and the snail seemed to survive though just sealed himself inside his new wax home.

After two days, “Crush” (Kid named him) came out of his new shell and started moving about.

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Crush found his shell to be heavier than he is used to but he quickly became stronger and now hoists himself along as he climbs about; in fact, he seems to be able to do whatever the other snails can do! It has now been three weeks and he is still doing very well.

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Kid has since brought home many snails with broken shells and has found that if the breaks are not too bad, and he feeds them lots of calcium and veggies, they actually can repair their shells. He now has 9 snails and has made them a beautiful habitat with dirt and lots of moss.

It is heartwarming to see his compassion and attention to detail as he tends to their health and needs. It appears the more time he has spent tending to the needs of these little creatures, the more he seems to tend to notice the needs of his family. Compassion can be inherent but why not make this very important character trait stronger however and whenever possible?