It was a zoo at Bolton Crossing

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On Nov. 2, eight animal ambassadors from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium escaped from their regular lodgings in Powell to have a fun and educational visit with students at Bolton Crossing Elementary. For nearly an hour, the students encountered exotic animals such as the Geoffroy’s Cat, legless lizards, and bush babies, while some even got up close and personal, under the director supervision of animal program specialists, of course. Here are a few scenes from the interactive event, which also teaches about conservation. Students Razen Ikhlayel and Justyn Cortez show signs of repulsion as the Madagascar hissing cockroaches started hissing and travelling up their arms.
Animal program specialist Katie Walton explains how Darby, an African Crested Porcupine, uses its quills when feeling threatened. Obviously, Darby was in no distress as treats were readily available and right under its nose.
Kramer, a 29-year-old blue and gold macaw, basks in his magnificence upon completing a food retrieving “challenge.”

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