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December 1, 1999

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Derrick, the Pet of the Day
Name: Derrick
Age: One and a half years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Japanese Fire-Bellied Newt
Home: Seattle, Washington, USA
   Derrick is a sweet little newt who has brought joy and entertainment to my home. You might not expect this from an amphibian, but he has a lot of personality. Derrick spends his days lounging around on plants and rocks, swimming, and climbing the side of his aquarium. It's always fun to watch his bright orange belly as he stretches his legs or uses his tail to hang upside-down from a plant. When Derrick wants to be fed, he crawls into a corner and stands on his hind legs looking at me with big eyes. I call the this expression 'newt puppy-dog eyes.'

    My cat has also enjoyed having Derrick around the house. She spent months trying to find a way to sneak her paw into the aquarium before discovering she could have just as much fun teasing him from the outside. He'll chase after anything that moves, and she just loves making him follow her paw.

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