I found myself falling quite a distance when I reached the top of the box. I quickly recovered however and set out to find my way home. I crawled for a while on this clear, hard surface and then once again fell, even farther this time! I landed luckily on something soft. I scurried quickly to find cover, hoping to find damp leaves or a stone to hide under but I didn't. I found dark soft places, but they were dry and not at all like my forest home. I hid for quite a while and large feet kept walking by my hiding spot. I hoped that they woulden't step on me and they didn't. Occasionally a small pink nose with whiskers would poke about near my hiding spot, but leave again. It became dark after a while and I ventured out from my hiding spot. The terrain I covered was rough and dry, not at all like my lovely damp forest, but I was determined to get home and find help for Sally. I crawled about for what seemed forever, occasionally dodging large feet and the nose with whiskers. I rested when I could and then it became light again. I found a smooth surface to crawl on and all of a sudden the nose and whiskers came back! It gaped open and became a large mouth with sharp teeth! I panicked and secreted a toxic, foul subtance! I was taken up in the mouth and quickly spat back out. The head above me shook about and gagged! I bravely soldiered on and ran across the smooth surface. I saw another large foot in front of me and then all of a sudden a large pale thing scooped me up again! "Oh no!" I thought, now I will never get home! The large pale cave carried me for a short bit of time and I found myself outside being gently set down! I was in the woods! I could feel the damp forest floor! I saw Sally! "Sally, you are safe!" I cried. "Yes" she said, "The large pale cave brought me here last night, where were you?" "I was looking for the way home, then I was going to come rescue you!" I cried. We snuggled together and set off to find a new home for ourselves in the forest.
This is based on a true story! Sarah and I found two newts in the woods. When it came time to release them, we only had one and couldn't find the other. When I got up this morning, I saw Tarzan gaggin in the kitchen and the other little red newt bravely trying to get across the floor. He walked thru the night all the way from my son's room into the kitchen, probably a distance of 50ft. A long way for such a little guy! I hope you enjoyed my story of our little red newts! Newts will if frightened or in danger will secrete a "toxic" substance that can irritate mouths and eyes! Otherwise they are harmless and can be handled safely, just wash hands after!