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It was a jungle out there in the County Tuesday

Siberian Tiger cub among the cats who visited the County Tuesday. Bill Samuel photo

By Bill Samuel
Young and older, nearly 150 people came to see big cats, snapping turtles, snakes, skunks and assorted creatures who visited at the Ameliasburgh Town Hall Tuesday.
The presentation put on by Jungle Cat World, of Orono, was hosted by the Prince Edward County Libraries and also featured a visit to Wellington.
Starting with a display of the recently shed skin of the Red-tailed Boa Constrictor (on the way down from Orono), Sarah Law, Wildlife Educator and Candice James, Animal Handler were engaging and informative.
The hour-long event included a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, an Alligator Snapping Turtle, a Red-tailed Boa Constrictor as well as a skunk named Einstein, an Eurasian Lynx, an Arctic Wolf pup and a young Siberian Tiger. While James displayed each of the creatures, Law shared facts concerning the animals.
“We try and give the children a base knowledge about the animals on this planet,” said Law. “The animals we bring are misunderstood as well as some being endangered.”
Why dogs are fascinated by skunks, the proper way to pick up a snapping turtle and the playfulness of both the Arctic Wolf pup and the Siberian Tiger were just some of the highlights.
“I love my job,” said James. “Many of the animals love to play and that’s the best part.”
It was obvious those in attendance enjoyed themselves. Almost all of them as well as a few parents lined-up to pet the boa one more time as they left the building.

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