Darwin, Australia (IPP) - Octopus ownership has soared in Australia and it is now believed that pet Octopuses (an accepted variant of the word Octopi) now out number pet kangaroos. The fad is so popular that by law the word Octopus must now be capitalized in Australia.
It all began in the coastal town of Darwin, Australia when a lad caught an Octopus and threw it into the saltwater pool behind the home of his parents. The family began to throw scraps from their seafood dinners to the captive Octopus and the creature thrived and grew in size.
It was not long before other seaside residents became enamored with the eight legged creature and soon everybody seemed to either have a pet Octpus or were planning on getting one for themselves.
Some smart residents soon discovered that they could control the Octopuses metabolism by raising or lowering the octopus pool's water temperature. Pet owners who wish to go on vacation without having to hire an Octopus baby sitter now simply turn down their pool's thermostat and the Octopus goes into a sort of state of hibernation until its owner returns. Upon returning from a trip one must be very careful to only gradually raise the temperature or the pet Octpus could suffer damage to his body.
Sometimes the temperature is turned up too quickly and the pet Octopus will jump completely out of the water and onto the pool's deck. During one such mishap the Octopus owner approached the Octopus and the creature gave him a gentle hug with one of his tentacles. A family member photographed the event and sent a copy of the photo to the local newspaper. The picture was published and soon everybody wanted their picture taken with the Octopus.
The one downside to this Octopus fad is the sudden shortness it has created in the supply of seafood. In many towns folks are complaining that they can not obtain seafood for themselves because Octopus owners are hoarding it for their pets. Another downside that has come about as a result of the pet Octopus craze is that Calamari and Paella have been outlawed in Australia.
On a more positive note pool contractors have become very popular and are so busy that there is a ten month waiting period just to get an appointment with one of their assistants so that future Octopus owners can get a salt water pool built.
Octopus ownership is obviously not for those people who lack the monetary funds to facilitate the ownership of such fine creatures. The building of a pool has become very expensive and so has the purchase of seafood to sustain the expensive tastes of the eight legged ones. Just leave it to clever Australians to come up with a solution to the problem of not being able to afford an Octopus - they have arrived at a very equitable answer to this problem; The ownership of Squid by folks from the lower levels of the social strata. Next week we will cover this very subject as we continue our world tour in search of interesting animal related stories.