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“Gecko Properties”, Bristol: self-amputation

“Gecko Properties” burglar alarm, Bristol • I love this! It’s so weird, a splay-footed little gecko scampering up a cracked wall via a burglar alarm, bringing a touch of the tropical to Bristol. As to the gecko’s suitability for anti-crime duties, well, it hunts at night, can sneak along walls and ceilings, and has no eyelids, so it’s always on the lookout. It also shits on its aggressors and, in extremis, self-amputates its tail. Much more useful than a fox• Spotted: St Nicholas Street, Bristol, Avon, BS1, England, 2011 • Politics: In the Liberal Democrat constituency of Bristol West


Above: a real gecko (photo by ZooFari)

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  1. Would that it were just some clever thesis Vici, but alas, the Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko) does very definitely cry “eck-o” or “Tok-ay” – or even what I suggested above! It very common in SE Asia – where I have spent the last 2 years. If you are still sceptical – check here. ;-)

    • Point proved – that really does sound like “fuck off”. In my defence, I was thinking of tiny African house geckos, which even if they do squawk, do it too quietly to be heard…

  2. Their name is also onomatopoeic – they cry “eck-o” loudly at intervals – keeping you awake if you are unfortunate to have one near your bedroom – or worse still in it! (I did). To me, the cry sounds more like ” ‘uck off” – but then that wouldn’t really be a suitable name for family use. Maybe thats the burglar alarm connection though? The gecko image is simply telling the thieves to “go elsewhere”?

    • I’ve spent a fair bit of time around geckos overseas, and I don’t remember them ever crying “eck-o” – but apart from that, it’s a most persuasive thesis.

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