Khaleesi Dragon Queen

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Caring for a Central Bearded Dragon in my tropical garden in Queensland Australia.

I first met Khaleesi on a warm Spring Day and fell in love immediately. It wasn’t hard to do, she was a challenged girl requiring special love & understanding. I knew absolutely nothing about Dragons but I had a big heart and that goes a long way towards a happy life.

My secure small tropical garden was flush with organic vegetation and edible plants and flowers. A small fruit and veggie plot supported my solitary needs and more. The strawberry patch was steadily growing with new plantlets giving way to more berries. It was my little piece of heaven - my therapy, getting your feet dirty and generally forgetting problems was so easy. And so my desire to ponder the thought that maybe I could offer a home to another special animal that was deserving of a second chance at life. I scoured Face Book and eventually came up with an idea that maybe a disabled lizard of some description would be the possibility.

I found just a special little Dragon. She was about 11 years old and had endured a spinal crush injury and had been surrendered to care. The wild life carer told me she doubted that she would ever find a forever home for her. She was basically a paraplegic, managing to scuttle along with her front legs pulling her paralysed rear legs and damaged tail behind her. There was no hope that she would recover the use of her rear legs. I felt her beautiful spirit and knew we could give her a chance at a better quality of life. I made the day long journey and returned home with this beautiful Central Bearded Dragon.

My amazing Sheltie Millie knew immediately that something exciting was happening. She had bonded to my disabled turtle and I knew she would take her caring duties for this Dragon very seriously. The first night Millie slept quite near to the Dragon enclosure and as the days progressed the bond became apparent. I would take the Dragon outside and Millie would guard her, sitting right by her. Millie shadowed Khaleesi everywhere and soon the small fencing around the Dragon became obsolete. With Khaleesi’s damaged limbs I knew she could not climb that well and her mobility was limited. None the less she enjoyed her outdoor time soaking up the sun and learning about the joys of being organic in my garden. She sharpened her hunting & foraging skills and soon she was enjoying a buffet style munchies of edible flowers and vegetation.

To improve her strengthening I started giving her water therapy in a small pool. It was apparent that deep water could be dangerous for her. The top of her body floated but the dead weight of the damaged back half of her body sank. She enjoyed puddling around in shallow water that this became a regular thing. I would have to be vigilant with her if she were near the turtle ponds - that could be disastrous. Khaleesi revelled in my garden so much so that she protested greatly she I put her back inside her indoor enclosure. She was becoming more independent. I would wake in the morning and find her in her glass enclosure up and bobbing her head…like "lets go outside….please". Her first shed started, and over the coming weeks her skin became a light colour & started peeling. I would give her a gentle brush with a soft tooth brush - she would close her eyes in bliss. I would give her a gentle sprinkle with the hose and she would gyrate her little body on the grass. The simple pleasures were so nice to witness.

Then one morning Khaleesi seemed quite lethargic and I panicked and picked her up gently always careful to support her spine and tail, to reveal an egg. It was infertile of course but it told me that her female bits were working. She rested and over the next few days more eggs appeared. Following some 12 eggs that finished her clutch and within a few days she was back to her former self. The days passed into weeks and the weather became cooler. Khaleesi became less boisterous and finally she stopped eating. She had a final poop and then she retired to her Dragon Cave to slumber in Brumation. This period was so hard as I had not been through a Brumation before. Millie was fretting for the Dragon and not understanding the situation. I moved Khaleesi from her glass enclosure to one closer to the floor where Millie could check on her with her nose. Kitted up with low key warmth in a comfy Dragon Cave, she slept for 108 days.

Finally after what felt like an eternity I noticed 2 eyes watching me with interest from the Dragon Cave.Millie was excited and finally Khaleesi appeared like it had just been yesterday she went to sleep. It took about a week to get back into a normal routine for us all. And it took 2 weeks before Khaleesi’s GI tract started working. Important thing following brumation so you can imagine my joy at her first poop. Yes it was smelly but that means her little gut is working. We had all survived another chapter feeling utterly thankful and blessed. Khaleesi had lost about 47 grams through this and was now only weighing about 440 grams. So ensuring she had good quality food was vital. Dandelions were a wonderful source of calcium and thankfully Khaleesi loved them and were well supplied.

With the warmer days meant that the garden was beginning to bloom meaning more time in the outdoors for all of us. When Dinosaurs meet…..at the strawberry patch - of course. On this momentous occasion I wondered at how each species would react. Millie my caring sheltie was already excited at Loch Ness Turtle being up out of her pond and wandering across the garden to a bigger warmer pond. Khaleesi Dragon was immediately alert. Her eyes became intense as she fixed her gaze on this turtle of much mystery. She crawled forward and watched with much intensity, she started bobbing her head and then waving, part of a meet n greet in Dragon language.

Loch Ness Turtle was unimpressed, I guess she had already accepted the presence of 2 shelties & a eccentric human and this was just another encounter. She moved awkwardly on her flippers noting the path ahead. Khaleesi Dragon now was engrossed and moved closer to the Turtle. Soon they were just cm’s from each other, total respect of each others presence. Nessie continued to move through the thick grass without haste as the Dragon watched. She reached out with her tongue and “felt” Nessie’s shell, she was quizzical and spell bound by this gorgeous walking rock draped with green foliage from the pond. The turtle moved on looking ahead to her down ramp in the pond with steady movement. Neither one sensing danger or fear whatsoever.

Millie watched her two charges ultimately always looking out for these two great dinosaurs should come to no harm. The moment passed but captured by photos of this intriguing meeting, one filled with interest, respect that 2 species could do this. Why can’t humans? It was wonderful to witness my 2 rescued dinosaurs meeting and respecting their space and I realised how special the moment had been. It made me realise more so than ever how much I loved being around animals that did not have an agenda as humans so often do. It was simple and poignant powerful and beautiful. Live in the moment.

Only another eccentric animal lover could understand the joy I felt and possibly now understand why Noah only invited animals on the ark?


Submitted: October 06, 2019

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