Watching Ah Ow howl, Lu Guan crouched by the river and exclaimed, "You're a Mexican Wolf. No wonder your howl is really loud!"
Ah Ow looked back, and then they saw the crayfish hanging from her mouth.
Ali stood by innocently. Behind him was a net containing the crayfish that Li Du and the others had found.
Li Du said, " Is Ali that clever?"
Ali was clever enough to know that it had offended Ah Ow. Ali also knew that Ah Ow was sure to chase it, so it ran towards the net.
She just had to catch up to Ali to get her revenge. However, Ali was digging a trap for Ah Ow. Ali was biding its time and choosing to attack slowly to get the best results.
So, Ali had finally found the crayfish and backhanded Ah Ow with a heavy blow!
Li Du and Sophie joined the battle again and took the crayfish that had been swinging from Ah Ow's mouth.
Ah Ow was in pain and felt aggrieved. She squeezed into Li Du's arms, and her tears flowed freely.
What else could Li Du say? What a sin!
Ali had won peace for itself by force. Ah Meow and Crispy Noodles did not dare to bully Ali like before, and even Ah Ow was afraid to do anything. She had learned her lesson, and she moved away whenever she saw Ali.
Ah Ow's howl drew several people with buckets and fishing rods. These people, like Li Du, were apparently there to fish.
Someone asked, "What is that noise? Is it a wild dog?"
Several men approached cautiously. Their eyes were alert. Some of the men had fish knives in their hands.
Many people didn't know that while Australia was big, it had no large wild mammals. The top wild predator in Australia was the dingo.
"Dingo" was the name of an animal that lived in the wild. Dingos looked like domestic dogs but were not dogs at all. Dingos were actually a subspecies of gray wolf and had few natural enemies in Australia.
The dingo generally traveled in groups in the wilderness and was feared because it attacked humans when hungry.
When the men saw Ah Ow, they relaxed and said, "Oh, this isn't a wild dog. Is this supposed to be a husky?"
"It sounds like a husky," said another.
Listening to their discussion, Li Du laughed to himself. Husky? D*mn, this is a serious wolf!
The main reason the men had relaxed was because they had found Li Du holding onto Ah Ow, so they decided she had to be a dog.
When Ali saw the strangers appear, it jumped behind Li Du.
Seeing this, a gray-haired fisherman smiled and said, "Are you going to open a zoo, mate? You have a lot of animals."
Li Du laughed. "They are my adopted children. Hey, are you all here to fish? We were fishing for crayfish. I'm afraid it's not suitable here."
Upon hearing this, several fishermen looked surprised and asked, "Catch crayfish? Those little monsters with turquoise carapaces? Oh, you're cleaners?"
"No, they're not cleaners," said a middle-aged man in a sunhat.
Li Du walked up and shook hands with the people who had gathered and kindly introduced himself.
The gray-haired old man said, "You've found gems, so why are you fishing for crayfish here? You're not trying to make cleaning money. Don't tell me you're doing charity work."
"Crayfish are good. I want to eat them," said Li Du.
Several of them looked surprised again, and the old man said, "Crayfish? Haha, that is really creative. They are not delicious. There is no meat.
"But it's good somebody wants to catch them. Unfortunately, you're late. It's raining, and there's too much water in the river. When the river dried up a few days ago, the river was full of crayfish."
A couple of the other men chimed in.
"These b*stards are so annoying. They die from lack of water, and then they really stink."
"Not only that, but when they die, their body fluids seep into the groundwater. The water from my well last time smelled like h*ll."
Several people began denouncing the crayfish, a species that was clearly unpopular in the area. Crayfish lived in freshwater areas and ate a large amount of food, competing with local freshwater fish for food.
They were also more tolerant of dissolved oxygen than fish were, required less water, and could even survive on land in cool, humid weather.
What's more, crayfish were very fertile, and once they got into a freshwater basin, it wouldn't be long before they took over.
People wanted to kill the crayfish, but it was not easy. The crayfish would be out at night, but they hid in holes during the day. Australians liked to enjoy life and sleep at night, so who would come out fishing for crayfish?
In order to control this creature, the Australian government even stipulated that crayfish caught from the river could not be released, otherwise it would be a crime!
Listening to the people's condemnation, Li Du laughed.
The Australian government should import tourists from China. He remembered that crayfish were also an invasive species there.
When they learned he was going to catch crayfish, several people helped him.
Some of them drove back to get some chicken liver, saying it would attract the crayfish, while others loaned Li Du their eyelet nets, which could hold the crayfish.
In their view, Li Du was an international social justice warrior who helped the local community deal with pests.
It was easier to catch crayfish than to fish. Li Du cut the lines into sections, tied chicken liver or bait on them, and threw them into the water to lure the crayfish.
Although crayfish were known to be nocturnal, they were voracious eaters. If they found food, they would come out to eat it during the day.
Li Du also used a small mesh pocket loaned to him by the fishermen. He placed large chunks of chicken liver in the pocket, and then put the pocket in a place where there was plenty of water and grass. This was an excellent trap.
The number of small and medium crayfish in the river was very large.
He took Lu Guan and Sophie along to clean up the line. They constantly pulled the line up, and there were always crayfish on the hooks.
Crayfish were greedy, so when they encountered food, they often used their pincers to pick it up, and then they would slowly eat it.
This became their weak point, and their nature made it easy for humans to catch them.