Kids ‘dig into nature’ at Enfield Public Library
By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Enfield - posted Wed., Jul. 17, 2013
The theme of the children’s summer reading program at the Enfield Public Library this year is “Dig into Reading,” which inspired the library to host an event in which children learned why some animals’ instinct is to dig into the ground.
Chris Evers, the director and founder of Animal Embassy in Stamford, Conn., held the “Digging into Nature” program on July 12. The foundation is passionate about teaching people, especially children, how to coexist with the animals in nature.
“Many people are fascinated by different animals, reptiles, birds and amphibians and then shortly after they get the creature [as a pet], they decide that it probably wasn’t the best thing to do,” Evers said. “They don’t know what to do with them, so some people release them into the population. This is not where they belong, so they either die by a predator or they cause havoc in the community. We rescue and adopt these animals and give them a good home, while teaching people about them at the same time.”
The crowd was very attentive when Evers brought out his array of creatures. He presented an alligator, an emperor scorpion, a cane toad, a hedgehog, an Indian sand boa snake, an alligator snapping turtle and a turkey, just to name a few. When Evers walked around the room with the alligator snapping turtle, the children could see his long, red, worm-like tongue up close. “The alligator snapping turtle swims through the water and hunts for fish. He opens his mouth and wiggles his tongue so that fish think it is a worm, and that is when the jaw comes snapping down quickly with a force of over 1,500 psi. That is how he catches his meals,” said Evers.
The children were in awe as Evers pulled the Indian sand boa snake out of the cage. They were fascinated when Evers explained that the snake swims, but instead of swimming in water, he swims in sand.
The main idea that Animal Embassy is trying to impress upon the young audience is simple: Don’t think of nature’s creatures as pets. They are meant to be in the wild and in their own habitat. If someone does get a pet, they should take that responsibility very seriously.
Evers also recommended that kids take out books from the library and start “digging” into something new and explore the world through books. The Animal Embassy has rescued and adopted more than 500 exotic animals. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.