Homer ‘Stim­son’ takes cen­tre stage

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Front Page -

CHIL­DREN at the Man­jimup Fam­ily Cen­tre got a close look at a snake and a lizard as part of Na­tional Fam­i­lies Week on Thurs­day.

Ma­roo Wildlife Refuge own­ers Glen and Jo Burston brought in a Stim­son’s python, a bob­tail skink and in­for­ma­tion about fauna for chil­dren to look at, touch and learn about.

Mr Burston said the python, called Homer, was a good way to ed­u­cate chil­dren about snakes.

“It’s about show­ing kids that snakes are not all dan­ger­ous and they’re more scared of us than we are of them,” he said.

“The kids have re­ceived Homer well, it’s good to see the young ones’ re­ac­tions.”

The visit was the last of a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties fam­i­lies were in­volved in as part of Na­tional Fam­i­lies Week, held from May 15-21.

On Mon­day, chil­dren were en­cour­aged to bring grand­par­ents to the cen­tre, Tues­day was a teddy bears pic­nic and Wed­nes­day was a sausage siz­zle to raise money for St Vin­cent de Paul.

Pic­ture: Tari Jef­fers

Ma­roo Wildlife Refuge co-owner Glen Burston took Homer the Stim­son's python to the Man­jimup Fam­ily Cen­tre in an ed­u­ca­tional visit for chil­dren as part of Na­tional Fam­i­lies Week on Thurs­day.

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