The new “Nubra” of a bride-to-be in Nantou County’s Puli Township (埔里) unwittingly proved too much for an unfortunate gecko, leaving the woman remorseful over the creature’s death.
According to a report in the Chinese-language China Times yesterday, the woman, surnamed Chu (朱), was about to put on her bra ahead of her wedding photo shoot when a gecko appeared out of nowhere and fell onto the side of the bra — which was the most adhesive part of the product.
The story said Chu tried to free the gecko herself by applying lotions, soap and starch because she did not want to call the fire department or have other people handle her underwear.
In spite her efforts to save the gecko, it died.
Despite friends joking about the incident, Chu was quoted by the China Times as saying that she was not sad about the NT$2,000 she had spend on the Nubra, which was a loss after her rescue efforts, but rather for the unintended loss of life.
“I only wanted to have a happy photo shoot for the wedding photos,” Chu was quoted as saying, adding that she hoped the gecko would become a bat in its next life so it would not be at risk of falling from walls again.
It would also be safer for it to eat mosquitoes in the air, she said.
According to an underwear specialty story owner, surnamed Wu (吳), silicon — the primary material in Nubras — made the bra pliable, soft and adhesive, and that cleaning it under running water would usually be enough, but using tape to remove lint or other things from the bra was also acceptable.
“Usually we suggest discarding the product if insects or animals have gotten stuck on it,” Wu was quoted as saying, citing potential psychological problems or adverse effects from wearing such a bra.
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