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- KurzbeschreibungWahoo Cray ist quasi im Zoo aufgewachsen, denn sein Vater arbeitet als Tiertrainer. Bei den Crays wimmelt es von Alligatoren, Schlangen und anderen bissigen Kreaturen. Die Tiere hat Wahoo gut im Griff. Echte Biester lauern ganz woanders ...
Die Macher der Fake-Realityshow "Expedition Überleben!" suchen zahme "wilde" Tiere für ihre Everglades-Folge - ein Aufrag wie gemacht für die Crays. Allerdings glaubt Derek Badger, der dümmliche Star der Show, fest an sein falsches Heldenimage. Während er versucht, den Tieren der Crays an die Gurgel zu gehen, muss Wahoo seinen Vater davon abhalten, Derek an die Gurgel zu gehen. Unterstützung bekommt er von dem Mädchen Tuna, Fan der Show und wandelndes Tierlexikon. Doch Tuna hat ein Geheimnis und einen gefährlichen Verfolger. Der taucht ausgerechnet in dem Moment auf, als Derek, von einer Fledermaus gebissen, panisch in die Sümpfe flüchtet, geradewegs in einen gigantischen Sturm ... Wer wird am Ende die "Expedition Überleben!" überleben? Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo. His father is an animal wrangler, so he's grown up with all manner of gators, snakes, parrots, rats, monkeys, and snappers in his backyard. The critters, he can handle. His father is the unpredictable one.
When his dad takes a job with a reality TV show called Expedition Survival !, Wahoo figures he'll have to do a bit of wrangling himself-to keep his dad from killing Derek Badger, the show's inept and egotistical star, before the shoot is over. But the job keeps getting more complicated. Derek Badger foolishly believes his own PR and insists on using wild animals for his stunts. And Wahoo's acquired a shadow named Tuna-a girl who's sporting a shiner courtesy of her father and needs a place to hide out.
They've only been on location in the Everglades for a day before Derek gets bitten by a bat and goes missing in a storm. Search parties head out and promptly get lost themselves. And then Tuna's dad shows up with a gun . . .
It's anyone's guess who will actually survive Expedition Survival . . . .
- AutorCarl Hiaasen
- VerlagRandom House LCC US
- Seiten304 Seiten
- Gewicht155 g
Mickey Cray had been out of work ever since a dead iguana fell from a palm tree and hit him on the head.
The iguana, which had died during a hard freeze, was stiff as a board and weighed seven and a half pounds. Mickey's son had measured the lifeless lizard on a fishing scale, then packed it on ice with the turtle veggies, in the cooler behind the garage.
This was after the ambulance had hauled Mickey off to the hospital, where the doctors said he had a serious concussion and ordered him to take it easy.
And to everyone's surprise, Mickey did take it easy. That's because the injury left him with double vision and terrible headaches. He lost his appetite and dropped nineteen pounds and lay around on the couch all day, watching nature programs on television.
"I'll never be the same," he told his son.
"Knock it off, Pop," said Wahoo, Mickey's boy.
Mickey had named him after Wahoo McDaniel, a professional wrestler who'd once played linebacker for the Dolphins. Mickey's son often wished he'd been called Mickey Jr. or Joe or even Rupert--anything but Wahoo, which was also a species of saltwater fish.
It was a name that was hard to live up to. People naturally expected somebody called Wahoo to act loud and crazy, but that wasn't Wahoo's style. Apparently nothing could be done about the name until he was all grown up, at which point he intended to go to the Cutler Ridge courthouse and tell a judge he wanted to be called something normal.
"Pop, you're gonna be okay," Wahoo would tell his father every morning. "Just hang in there."
Looking up with hound-dog eyes from the couch, Mickey Cray would say, "Whatever happens, I'm glad we ate that bleeping lizard."
On the day his dad had come home from the hospital, Wahoo had defrosted the dead iguana and made a peppercorn stew, which his mom had wisely refused to touch. Mickey had insisted that eating the critter that had dented his skull would be a spiritual remedy. "Big medicine," he'd predicted.
But the iguana had tasted awful, and Mickey Cray's headaches only got worse. Wahoo's mother was so concerned that she wanted Mickey to see a brain specialist in Miami, but Mickey refused to go.
Meanwhile, people kept calling up with new jobs, and Wahoo was forced to send them to other wranglers. His father was in no condition to work.
After school, Wahoo would feed the animals and clean out the pens and cages. The backyard was literally a zoo--gators, snakes, parrots, mynah birds, rats, mice, monkeys, raccoons, tortoises and even a bald eagle, which Mickey had raised from a fledgling after its mother was killed.
"Treat 'em like royalty," Mickey would instruct Wahoo, because the animals were quite valuable
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