On Monday, July 2, we had Christina from the Blank Park Zoo visit the library for two very informative shows!
She brought 4 animals, explaining that they can never tell the librarians which animals they’ll be bringing, since it depends on which animals are in a good mood that day!
The mammal that traveled with Christina is a lesser tenrec named Indigo from Madagascar. Tenrecs are related to moles, and Indigo looked like a miniature hedgehog.
Next up was a Leopard gecko. The kids were amazed that the gecko could drop it’s tail when threatened by a predator…the predator gets distracted by the wiggling tail and the gecko escapes! After re-generating a new tail, a ring will be visible on the gecko.
When Christina opened up the next container, she said it would be okay if the audience had a “loud reaction”, but then to try to get quiet again. When the Ball python came out, there certainly was a “loud reaction”! Most kids like to see snakes up close!
The final animal that Christina showed was a Millipede. She described how they walked by putting groups of legs together and apart, like an accordian! She reported that millipedes have between 200 and 300 legs! If the millipede feels threatend, it will release a yellow “venom”, that is NOT be poisonous to humans, but it will turn your skin purple!
After the morning presentation by Blank Park Zoo, the audience was invited to come up and gently touch the millipede, followed by a quick squirt of hand sanitizer! At the end of the afternoon session, the audience got to touch the snake. Animal handler Christina advised the audience to always wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after touching any animal, reptile, or insect!
Thanks to Christina of Blank Park Zoo for presenting an excellent program, and thanks to the Moline Municipal Credit Union for sponsoring the event!