So we saved the day
Exactly 20 minutes into our trip, we made a serious U-turn and saved the day.
My mom saw a little chameleon trying to cross a double high way. We had 0.2 second moment where we thought we would never get to turn around and get to him before someone drove over him. It would be so traumatic if we got there and he was died. We decided to try and save him anyway.
My mom made a U-turn, drove to where we saw him last and slowed down. I had a moment of stress when I couldn’t get the door open, as I looked at a red car racing towards the scared chameleon. I managed to get the door open and run into the road. I did put my hands up, hopeful that the car would slow down.
The poor little thing was SO scared. He was standing as tall as he could, probably trying to make himself visible. I picked him up and ran out of the road towards our car. The little scared one decided to bite me to protect himself. Poor thing.
There we were in the car, no later than we planned, looking for a safe place to put him. In the meantime he was named Freddie. Simultaneously by my mom and I.
Only 50 km further did we find a safe place for the little one. I walked far from a road, to the first place where we found indigenous trees (can you believe it was so far before we found proper trees!?)
I said my goodbye and hope that he will be okay, so far from his ‘home’. Like my mom said: Poor guy was probably on his way to his family for Christmas and now we moved him km’s away lol!