Jumping Cactus?

Ow! Ow! Ow!  My cousin Gabby and I went for a hike in the desert. It was just after a week of rain, and the spring wildflowers were blooming, even the cactus had flowers. We were walking along a narrow trail when all of a sudden I had a dozen cactus spines sticking in my fur and tail!  It hurt!  When we got home, I looked up the name and found it was called a Cholla or “jumping cactus” because the spines seemed to jump from the plant onto whatever is passing by. Cacti protect themselves with their spines, which are the closest thing they have to a leaf. Some cacti can be eaten; others are grown for their beauty.   I don’t think they make good friends with cats, though.    Purrs, Gulliver




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