Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

Vis­i­tors at Har­vey Pub­lic Li­brary took a walk on the wild side dur­ing a visit from some Aus­tralian an­i­mals.

Ken­dall Pick­er­ing from West Oz Wildlife taught guests fun facts about some of the coun­try’s most iconic an­i­mals.

Har­vey prin­ci­pal li­brar­ian Ruth Camp­bell-Hicks said the au­di­ence of chil­dren, par­ents and grand­par­ents was com­pletely cap­ti­vated.

“More than 40 chil­dren en­joyed see­ing, hear­ing about and stroking an eight-year-old koala at Har­vey Li­brary last week,” Mrs Camp­bell-Hicks said.

“Af­ter learn­ing, amongst a lot of other in­ter­est­ing in­for­ma­tion, that koalas have two thumbs, he was al­lowed to go back to sleep in his comfy box, and a Dingo was brought out for every­one to see.”

De­spite the num­ber of chil­dren, Mrs Camp­bell-Hicks said the an­i­mals were quiet and re­laxed, and all the chil­dren were thrilled to meet them.

How­ever, some of the staff got a shock when they met the last guest of the day.

“The fi­nal vis­i­tor of the day was a large and slip­pery snake,” Mrs Camp­bell-Hicks said.

Pic­tures: Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

Ken­dall Pick­er­ing teaches the chil­dren some funs facts about koalas.

Har­vey li­brar­i­ans Ar­lene Abaquin and Salli Watt get up close and per­sonal with a woma python.

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