My sister gave Ben a Sea-Monkey kit for his birthday. Mr. Tangerine set up the wee tank and supplied it with bottled water, and sprinkled in the powder or whatever. Then he spent two days gazing into the plastic tank insisting that he could see the Sea-Monkeys (a.k.a. brine shrimp) swimming. "Uh, those are crumbs floating around," I told him. (Indeed, the website cautions that 65° to 70° temperatures mean a wait of three to six days for the eggs to hatch.)
But today, those itty-bitty little critters are swimming around! Mr. Tangerine will be such a proud papa when he gets home from work.
Somehow I doubt that the Sea-Monkeys will assuage Ben's longing for a pet...
And will they still be alive after we leave them alone for two weeks? Gosh, now I'm nervous.