Saturday, June 13, 2009

Japanese "pet" beetles

Here’s a fact that you probably won’t know about kids in Japan. They keep beetles as pets!

I only found this out by accident when I was shopping for a plastic measuring jug at Saty, a huge superstore in Nonichi, just south of Kanazawa. I was wandering about, getting lost as usual and came across a shelf full of those plastic hamster looking cages. On closer inspection, I saw something move. There were certainly no cute hamsters, just huge brown rhinoceros beetles (Kabutomushi) about the size of my palm scrambling up their cages. Eeeeek, it makes my skin crawl writing about it!!

Anyway, see video below, one of these huge things will set you back the equivalent of about £18

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