Would you keep ants as pets?
This entrepreneur runs "Just Ants"
a pet shop selling ant farms
He is battling negative perceptions of ants
(SOUNDBITE) (English) "JUST ANTS" FOUNDER, JOHN YE, SAYING:
"I'm trying to change the misconception, and educate, you know, young people, children, that actually ants are very enriching. They are so important in the ecosystem, they are actually here for a reason, and then if we could actually just learn from the humble ant, there are so many things that the ant could teach us, like perseverance, being headstrong. I mean, just, the list just goes on. The ant itself is just really amazing."
John sources the ants locally
finding them around the island after rainstorms
The shop offers 30 species
at prices up to around $200
It draws ant-lovers and curious onlookers alike
(SOUNDBITE) (English) 56-YEAR-OLD LOCAL RESIDENT, ALVIN TENG, SAYING:
"It's crazy, definitely it's crazy. If you told me that somebody loves it so much, I mean, maybe, it's a (special) trait to them."