Where Iguanas and Chickens Roam Free
11.08.2013 - 13.07.2014
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If you visit the Cayman Islands and don't see a chicken or iguana, you either have your head buried in a smartphone or you arrived during a hurricane. Iguanas and chickens are populous on island. Green iguanas are hanging on the sides of buildings and chickens are crossing the road so often that chicken jokes are no longer funny. Their presence permeates life on island.
Now it's important that you know that there are two types of iguanas on island, the blue and the green. The blue iguana is symbolic of Grand Cayman. Our international basketball tourney at CIS is called the Blue Iguana Jamboree. On the other hand, the green iguana is considered a pest. The blue iguana lives protected at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Garden. The green lives everywhere but there. The blue was on the brink of extinction, and is successfully rebounding. Locals would like for the green to be extinct.
Sophie even has a pet green iguana that sits outside her window sill. She fondly named him Inky. I'm not sure if she picked this name because she likes that pet name or due to the amount of his crap that stains the window ledge outside.
I can tell you this much, iguanas love the heat and they are stupid. You will find green iguanas perched on the ledges of buildings sunbathing. You will find them in the midday sun in open fields. You will also find them leisurely walk in the middle of busy roads finding the perfect spot in the sun. This is where the stupid comes into play. Pancake flat dead iguanas litter the streets, because the iguanas don't attempt to avoid vehicles until they're directly on top of them.
In some countries, people would kill for a single chicken. Here, flocks of chickens roam the city and countryside unfettered. On campus, they walk our outdoor hallways and disrupt classes with their incessant clucking. Our Italian neighbor downstairs collects eggs laying around every couple of days. When my parents visited in November, they intently passed some of the time watching chickens. My Mom eagerly took photos of chickens running around the airport and my Dad often mumbled, "that rooster sure does have a lot of hens following him all the time".
If iguanas and chickens are important items to see on your bucket list, book your flight to Grand Cayman.