Everyone knows I love nature centers, right? And Little Bear loves nature centers too... especially the ones that have live animals on site (as opposed to the ones that just have trees and flowers and stuff!) Well, one of the nature centers near us does this thing in the summer called Wild Wednesdays, where kids get to learn about and pet a wild animal. So, this past Wednesday, I took Little Bear, Pufferfish, Tigerlily and Rafael over there for Wild Wednesday!
I was a little nervous about taking a six year old, a five year old, a four year old and a two year old out on my own. I've taken four or five kids out in public together many times, but usually a couple of the kids are older and don't need as much very close supervision. With this particular wild bunch of munchkins, I was sure I would lose someone! But it worked out very well. The kids stuck together Jon-And-Kate-Plus-Eight style and did very good listening, and nobody fell into the lake!
The first animal they showed us was a fox. That was pretty cool. We knew the fox was going to be there, and the kids were already excited about seeing it. The lady held the fox and talked all about her, and asked the kids some questions. Little Bear, who loves animals, raised her hand and knew a lot of the answers! She knew the word camoflauge, and she knew that the reason foxes have lots of fur on the bottoms of their feet is to protect their feet from the hot ground! (Because apparently they originated in the desert, or at least this particular fox did... I wasn't listening all that closely myself because I was concentrating on keeping Pufferfish from jumping off the picnic table!)
By the way, in this picture can you see Pufferfish and Rafael looking completely in the opposite direction of the lady with the fox? That was because we were under this picninc shelter, and there was a bird's nest up on the ceiling, and a bird kept flying back and forth from it! Every time the bird flew to the nest, all of the kids would go crazy. It was annoying the nature lady to no end. She kept yelling, "You can look at the bird later! Please sit down!" She didn't seem like she had much patience with little kids.
There was also a second animal, which we did not know what was coming at all. It was a kinkajou! The name is pronounced Kink-a-joo, but when the lady said it, it sounded a lot like Pikachu! Whatever it is, it is a very cute, hyperactive little critter that is related to the raccoon family. It can hang from its tail, as you can see in this picture!
I don't know why we haven't been going to Wild Wednesdays all summer long, but I hope we can make it to the rest of the Wild Wednesdays! They are definitely fun!
And now, for no apparent reason, here's Lily! (The puppy formerly known as Pepper!) (Doesn't she have the cutest little paws?)