This is a head of salad and it is the way I buy it. Our supermarkets now decide to sell the salad already chopped in correct sized pieces, washed and in a plastic bag. Ready prepared salad costs more, of course, but it is time saving. You do not have to wash it and make sure there are no living objects left in the salad. All it needs is a salad sauce and everything is ready. You can even buy ready made salad sauce in various varieties. I do neither. My salad looks like it grew somewhere, I wash it and cut it myself. I was reading an article in a Swiss online newspaper today. It was the headline, and it was all about what might be included in the plastic bag with the salad leaves.
I do not buy this kind of salad, as the country of origin is not Switzerland, and a ready packed salad travelling by plane or train or lorry to switzerland is not my idea of fresh, even if it is refrigeration. So what did the lucky buyers of this salad find.
The bag of ready cut salad was taken from the fridge and suddenly her husband noticed that the plastic bag moved inside. After a further examination a living small frog was discovered sitting amongst the chopped salad leaves. The salad had been in the fridge for two days, before being used and probably the frog had been happily munching through the chopped salad leaves before it was discovered. Naturally the salad was returned, together with the frog, to the shop where it was bought. As compensation the customer was offered a new salad, free of charge of course, and chocolate. The staff of the supermarket chain said that the frog must have hidden itself between the salad leaves when it was being washed, otherwise it would have been found.
In another plastic bag of ready salad a customer found a gecko, a sort of small lizard. This lizard lives usually in Spain from where the salad originated. This time the customer decided to keep the gecko, gave it a name, and it now lives forever after in the customer’s home. He was a lucky gecko. I do not what happened to the giant grasshopper that another customer found. He probably hopped away. The case of the dead mouse will no longer be explained, he was probably not a vegetarian.
So beware of the salad you buy. You might be lucky and find an invader that would be worth keeping as a pet. I had to laugh at the remarks made by the readers of this article. One found why bother to return a living frog together with the salad to the supermarket. For the few francs the salad cost is would not be worth it, and the frog should have been released from his unpleasant state into the places where frogs like to go. Most of the reactions on this piece of jounalism took the side of the poor trapped animals.
Yes some frogs, geckos and grasshoppers are lucky in their choices of where to live, and others just have to hope that their luck will hold out when discovered.