My brother brought my dd some snail shells he picked up somewhere. He picked them up a few days ago, and kept them wrapped up in a paper towel, and in a bag. We brought them home, and my dd put them in a bowl of water to clean the dirt off of them.
All of a sudden, she came crying and shouting something about the shells. I couldn’t understand her, so I went to see and saw something coming out of the shell. I didn’t know if it was alive, or if it was just the water making it move, but she wouldn’t calm down until I threw it outside.
I kind of figured it was maybe a dead one, but kept an eye on the others. Then there was another snail, and it started crawling around. Definitely alive. I brought the whole bowl outside on the balcony. I just went to look and there are now 4 climbing up the bowl. It’s too late to do anything with them, so they’re on the balcony.
DD would like to keep the shells, but I don’t know if that would be a good idea. Do you think that if there are still some there by morning, that I should assume that they’re “empty”? Should I just toss them off the balcony now and say they all escaped? I would go and throw them in the field next door, but she’s in bed and I can’t really leave her alone. My brother feels bad that he gave her “live” snails, rather than the pretty shells he thought they were.