Night of the Spooky Critters!

I scheduled this event long ago and after what felt like FOREVER, last night it finally arrived! This is an animal refuge center that works closely with the community and partners with my daughters school district for day trips. We’ve been to many a birthday party here as well as cougar training, sloth presentations and new porcupine arrival.

A few years ago, there was a reptile habitat that we always visited. They ended up closing down and diffusing their animals to other local centers. This is one of the places that accepted many of the animals which included exotic pets that people had abandoned. So, some of the tortoises and snakes we’ve known for years!

I was already beyond excited, and we arrived to a cozy halloween setup with spooky music, much candy, cider and donuts and roving animal handlers carrying cute chubby rats.

This animal presentation was different than the others we’ve seen. At parties and school field trips, they show animals like armadillos, kangaroos and wallabies. For the Halloween ‘show’ there was Gila monster, indigo snake, black vulture, African raven, baby bat and a tarantula.

My goal of the night was to touch the tarantula. Not make friends with it. Not enjoy it. Just to touch it. Now…oftentimes in these settings they have tarantulas that either don’t have fangs, or don’t have venom. Both untrue last night. When “Bella” was brought out and aimed at the speaker, he stepped back and said, “oh, am *I* handling it?!” At which point this rockstar gal of a handler just did it herself with no trouble. As they brought her around, we were told to A.) Be quiet. B.) Don’t make sudden movements. C.) Just basically don’t do anything because Bella may jump *on to us*. The next step as it got closer was to threaten my daughter quietly “stop wiggling your chair because if that thing jumps on me I will die right here in this fucking conservatory.”…paraphrasing. Of course. Bella neither shot poison hairs into my eyes or jumped on my face which I thought was very cool of her. Fwends! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ•ท

Included in the tickets were an opportunity to sit in on the night’s bat flight. Last year we skipped this event entirely because I’d thought this part was only for 18+. So I jumped this year when I saw no restrictions. We were rounded up in the large warehouse habitat next door where most of the animals homes are. I couldn’t see the speaker in the dark setting so I don’t have much information. But, after a few minutes they released 32 fruit bats for feeding and it was beautiful. Silent and peaceful as they flew overhead and in and out of their nooks searching for food in the night. The two resident sloths high on the ceiling even emerged from their buckets to get a snack.

So, even if we get rained out on the 31st, this halloween season has been wonderful. Just this was enough. And I can’t wait to go back next year.

Sam

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30 thoughts on “Night of the Spooky Critters!

  1. That sounds amazing! I love this idea. Except for the giant cockroaches.

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    1. Lol! They were sweet! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ If only because they were encased in thick glass!

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  2. My daughter had a snake around her neck in a Montessori preschool class. I still shudder at the thought.

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    1. Hahaha! That is very Montessori! We never had snakes at my daughter’s, but we did have a blind guinea pig ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Not quite as threatening, lol!

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      1. Aw…I think it was a visiting exotic pet thing they did.

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  3. Fuuuuuuuck no. Especially to the gigantic spider. Will be shivering all day just thinking about it!

    Buhhhhuhh.

    Glad you had fun though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Spider, I’ll gladly give you but, the bats even??! It was vuurry cool! They just want ‘nannas, Dubya, Lmaooo

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      1. They just vant to suck your blood! Nope. Nope. Scurrying things I do NOT like. And bats scurry. Sort of. Just, in the air. We have them in our building where I work sometimes. I found one in the stairwell one day and almost died because I had JUST stepped over it and didn’t know it. #heebiejeebies

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        1. Pfft, they don’t want you! Lololl. Just run like the dickens while whipping fruits up into the air. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ You know….from your fruit purse. *how do I spell the I don’t know noise?*

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    2. I am so with you on this. The very thought of Bella face jumping or even moving in my direction was enough to make me avert my eyes from the screen!

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      1. Seriously whenever it reared up and wiggled its front legs, I’m thinking okay lady he *just* said that’s when it’s mad!

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  4. Bats are endangered. My friend built a bat house and has it in his front yard. We live in the country of course.

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    1. Nice! I think they’re fascinating. I actually find them sort of fragile and vulnerable and not scary at all when you see them up close. The baby at the presentation was the baby of one of the rescue bats they had that had all been keept in a dog crate previous to rescue. They lost all their muscles to fly so they padded enclosures with bedding and provided them areas to climb and crawl. It took two years before they were strong enough to fly again!

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  5. Every critter in God’s creation deserves to be loved. It just doesn’t have to be by me. I draw the line at tarantulas. I did rescue a fruit bat once that had been stuck inside a holiday rental house on Kangaroo Island. Poor thing was half dead. I drip fed it with orange juice till it was strong enough to fly. I got no thanks from the locals who consider them to be pests.

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    1. That first part๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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      1. I cracked up at that! -Tarantulas! Not my job! Not my prob!-

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    2. Right!

      Aww that poor little thing, I’d love to rescue a bat! Orange juice?!! ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ That’s strangely adorable. *cry…ing*

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      1. Somewhere in the recesses of my brain logic told me that orange juice would be OK for a fruit bat ! It worked ๐Ÿ™‚

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        1. It was a genius idea! My first instinct would have been milk which is probably horrible for them ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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  6. This was an exciting share๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m cracking up at the part where you whispered threats to your kid, not to move. I mean, can you imagine?!โ˜  Lolololol I’m happy you guys had that experience ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ

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    1. The lady next to me laughed when I sais it but I was more than serious…..*more than*. Like, die….to death!

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      1. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I. Am. Laughing. I’m that friend that laughs when you trip, then will ask if you’re okay, *after the fact I’ve already laughed……this fits in that category. โค๐Ÿ˜€

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        1. I hope they had an amba’lance out back for me!! ๐Ÿš‘

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          1. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

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            1. Lololllll! Weee-ooo Weee-ooo ๐Ÿฅ

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            2. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m cracking up because I know that’s the ambulance siren๐Ÿšจ

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            3. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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