‘Did you see the video? A leopard was roaming the campus at night!’
‘How did it even get there?’
‘Where was security?’
‘What about our kids who go to school there?’
‘They should hire armed security to ensure safety.’
The evening news and evening-after WhatsApp group-messaging binge make a cocktail laced with paranoia masking as a parental concern.
I re-read the messages, spotted a rat snake lick the window wire-mesh and after a boring while, slither down the wall.
I’ve become cautious with my watching – holding back on the immediate allocation of harmful intent – to a living creature I do not understand.