In September 2018 Chelsea Euliano found an injured grasshopper, who was missing a hind leg, on the ground, while walking around in New York.
Quote from The Dodo:
“Euliano could immediately see the grasshopper was injured. “It was missing a hind leg,” she told The Dodo. “And I thought, ‘This poor thing, it can’t jump. It’s just dragging its body.’”
She took the grasshopper home, and called her Duncina. She took care of Duncina, fed her, even planted her eggs in the yard, until Duncina died mid November.
Euliano says her experience with the grasshopper has inspired people to change their minds about ‘bugs’.
“A lot of people don’t like bugs, so they step on bugs, and … they’re afraid of them,” Euliano said. “But once they saw me on Facebook with Duncina, they said, ‘You really changed my mind about bugs. I can’t believe how cute she is.’”
Note, throughout the article, the grasshopper changes from ‘it’ to ‘she’.
LINK: Woman Forms Incredible Bond With Tiny, Injured Grasshopper, The Dodo, January 4, 2019.