One of the more colorful aspects of living in Thailand is geckos. On our walls. On our ceiling. On our table. Scurrying across the floors. Converging upon the porch light in hopes of getting some yummy bugs for dinner. However, geckos seem to have an uncanny ability to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, meeting some rather horrible deaths. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have opened up a door or window only to see a dried up, quite flat, gecko skeleton fall out of the space between the window/door and the frame. Apparently when I had been closing up the house at some point, a poor little gecko didn’t move in time before getting caught in between a closing window/door and the frame. Normally, geckos are extremely quick but unlike flies, they don’t have those compound eyes to anticipate what’s coming from behind them. So, they get squished. Regularly. In anyone were to do some research, I wouldn’t be surprised to find “squished in door frame” to be one of the top causes of gecko death.
Since geckos and their untimely death are such a mainstay of Thai life, the tragic life of the unintelligent gecko has even made it into a Thai commercial for ceiling tiles. If you can’t view the video below, click here to view it on YouTube