We recently got another letter from Marlie's sisters and uncle in Ethiopia. Last care package we sent them included a picture of our house (since we painted it purple) and mention of all our latest pets, including our 3 snakes.
Well, they LOVED our purple house! In fact, the uncle says, "We are very surprised by your house. It is very fantastic and very beautiful. Your home, it seems like a princess house. We like it very much."
They mentioned that they have one cat, many hens and one cow. (in response to our pets) But the uncle apparently had something to say about our snakes. "We don't have snakes because we are very afraid of them. In Ethiopian culture we hate snakes because they bite and kill people."
Oh snap! So... I'm guessing a picture of Marlie holding one of our snakes wouldn't go over so well with them.
At least we don't have a pet hyena.