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Exotic animals for show at the library in Maple Ridge

Children got up and personal with geckos, a tarantula, and snakes

Curious onlookers craned their necks to see some of the curious critters that were on display at the library in Maple Ridge this week.

About 100 people packed the teen section on the second floor to see animals like a Madagascar hissing cockroach, a Mexican tarantula, a leopard gecko named Beaker, turtles, and a ball python.

The presentation was hosted by Urban Safari Rescue Society as a way to introduce children to the animals and educate them about their characteristics, habitat, what they eat, how they defend themselves, and more.

One by one Christina Christie would pass each animal to Nikk Raun, both with the rescue society, who would explain interesting details about each animal.

The exotic animal rescue society is currently trying to rebuild their operations after a devastating fire in South Surrey that killed 60 of their mammals, frogs, snakes and fish on Jan. 28.

Maple Ridge veterinarian Dr. Adrian Walton volunteered his time to treat 15 to 20 of the animals that survived the fire.

They are hoping to open their location again by the end of the year.

READ MORE: Dozens of exotic animals dead after fire tears through Surrey rescue centre

ALSO RELATED: Maple Ridge vet volunteers to help animal fire victims

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Colleen Flanagan

About the Author: Colleen Flanagan

I got my start with Black Press Media in 2003 as a photojournalist.
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