Two Biologists and a Boy: Hi, My Name is Giardia

From “Highline Online

Giardia poses for a photo shoot on the couch. Photo credit: Dylan Skinner


Hi my name is Giardia, and I am a special disease that can make you very sick.”

This is how the video begins. Perched in front of the camera is a blue, stuffed “Giardia” a friend sent me last year. It has become a part of Dylan’s stuffy collection, interacting regularly with Sushi, the squirrel monkey, and Sweet Pea, the panda. Later in the video, Giardia invites Sweat Pea on camera to introduce herself. All she says is, “I eat Bamboo. Bye.”

In the next video, Giardia the “Kung Fu Master” and Sushi play fight club. The frames are a blur of lashing flagella and a helicoptering prehensile tail. Sushi emerges victorious, but both agree the match was “awesome.”

I agree. Flagella make for excellent fight scenes, and Dylan’s version of life with Giardia (aka Beaver Fever) is a lot more fun than the real thing (and the ten days of diarrhea that come with it). Sometimes I find these random videos and photos on my iPhone, and it’s a million times better than finding a forgotten $50 in your dress pants. To read full article, go here.