It was the first pleasantly warm spring day, and Algy was sitting quietly in his friends’ garden, enjoying the sunshine. Suddenly he noticed an unusual commotion, and hurried over to investigate. He was fascinated to see two male adders wrestling on the ground – the celebrated “Dance of the Adders”, a beautiful ritual form of combat which few people ever get to see. Algy noticed that there was a lady adder hiding coyly in the wee bush behind him, waiting to see which of her admirers would win the dance. So far as he could tell, the two were evenly matched, but eventually they parted, and one chased the other away.

Later in the day, Algy was tickled to see the “loser” sunbathing a little distance away, apparently without a care in the world :))

Happy Earth Day!