It's actually a motorised bug, powered by a watch battery.
It's called "Wild Mouse", but it looks more like a cockroach to me!
According to the picture, even if it falls on its back, it will turn over by itself!
As with everything new that is brought in, our quality assurance supervisor must run a check first.
It's a bug alright...just not a cockroach, because it has so many legs.
It's an ALIEN bug!!
That black knob is the on-off switch (took dummy me a while to figure that out!).
People of my generation will look for written operating instructions. We're hopeless!
So I flipped to the back and er...it's all in Japanese.
I think the pictures are telling me how to change the battery, but not how to turn it on.
As I said, it took me a while to figure it out...heh heh.
When it's switched on, it makes a buzzing sound.
Pretty much like the sounds that alien bugs make.
Let's try it....
It moves on its own.
As always, Cow would sacrifice his life for the safety of everyone else. That's what he has been doing since the day I picked the three of them up from the roadside when they were two days ago. Cow had crawled out to ask for help. It's his inborn nature.
So Cow approached the alien first...very cautiously. But he was NOT scared.
When it hits an object, it worms its way out. Smart bug!
Soon, it buzzed under the bench.
Cow and Pole go after it.
Bunny was still sleeping in the rattan trunk, so I brought it out to the patio cats.
He he he...
Everyone followed the alien bug, but nobody dared to touch it.
Cats are way too smart.
I also think it's because they know it's not "organic".
Inorganic alien detected. Red Alert! Approach with utmost caution. Do not make contact. Do not make contact.
By then, Bunny had heard the extra-terrestrial sound...
Indy was more interested in which of the patio cats was in the house, how many of them and if Vincent was amongst them.
The bug was making so much noise, but Indy did not seem to hear anything. We've always suspected that Indy could be blind in one eye and also deaf (or partially deaf) since he was rescued from the drain with severe eye, ear and bladder infection which almost cost him his life, when he was only 2-3 weeks old). I really think Indy could be deaf.
It was only after a few minutes that he happened to look back....
...and saw the commotion.
Bunny whacked the bug.
I was initially afraid my cats would kill the bug in no time, but hey....this tiny little alien bug is very hardy!
But granted, it hasn't experienced the full force of the feline might yet.
No, no, no....
It's because I have issued a decree that all beings, earthly or alien, shall be granted the right to live peacefully here.
Oh I see....understood, Tiger.
They had a lot of fun with it!!
Now Mr Alien Bug is in my drawer. I'll let them play with it again later.
Would you like one for your cats?