We are on a remote island off the coast of New Zealand. We came here to shoot a tuatara. Um, I donâ€™t mean kill, I mean film these reptiles.
My family runs a nature show called Periwinkle. We travel around the globe filming nature. Mum and Dad havenâ€™t found a tuatara yet.
It is funny we are like the family of the â€˜Wild Thornberriesâ€™ except that I canâ€™t talk to animals like Eliza. Also, I have three siblings â€” Isabel, 16, Chelsea and Ruth, who are twins are 14, and I am the youngest, 12.
Isabel has gone to boarding school. We have got a parrot named Peprica and a caravan for a home.
Peprica or Pep and I went to the beach looking for the tuataras. Pep doesnâ€™t really know what a tuatara is but pretends to look for it. Chelsea and Ruth joined. While I was taking pictures of the sea and Pep, I heard Chelsea scream.
We rushed to her and asked, â€œWhat happened?â€
Ruth said, â€œShe lost Dad and Mumâ€™s last chance of filming a tuatara. We had found it but Chelsea screamed and scared it away.â€
Chelsea said with a hurt expression on her face, â€œThat was not Mum and Dadâ€™s last chance.â€ Then I took off my sneakers and wrestled with Ruth on sand. We wrestled until we almost choked on the sand that filled our mouths and our lungs.
I slipped my feet into my sneakers and felt something squirming inside it. It was a tuatara. It looked like a lizard.
I called for Mum and Dad. Finally theyâ€™d got the tuatara on film.
Mum said that tuataras were almost extinct. What a pity â€” they were so interesting, especially when one scared Chelsea.