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SUBMITTED by Kate Chamberlin (11-Jan-2010)

Do you know what a Bear Cat Binturong is? Have you felt the large, rabbit-like ears of a Fennec Fox? Have you ever had a Albino Burmese Python wrapped around your shoulders and lived to tell about it?

WOWEE, which stands for World Of Wildlife Educational Encounters recently visited the Seneca Waterways Walworth Cub Scout Pack 113. Sally Reaves, a former Guidance Counselor, first introduced her professionally trained, human helpers: Dan, Tyler , and Dolly and proceeded to introduce the wild and exotic animals from the many in their re-habilitation facility in Marion, New York.

As Sally explained the special physical features, lore, life, and natural habitat of each animal, Dolly, Dan, and Tyler brought them around for us to touch and be up-close and personal with critters we’d probably never meet again in our natural lifetime…at least, I hope to never meet up with a huge Albino Burmese Python.

The time literally flew by as we learned about a Chinchilla, an Alligator, a Mata Mata Turtle, a Sulcatta Tortoise, a Skinny Pig, a Guinea Pig, a Binturong, a Serval, and a Fennec Fox.

Walworth, NY Scouts encounter an Alligator

Sally offered $50 to a Scout volunteer if he could out-stare a snake. She admitted it was an unfair bet, because she knew snakes don’t blink. The Scout was also unable to find the snake’s ears (they don’t have any ears.)

Sally brought out three boxes and asked for three volunteers to play "FEAR DEAL". In one box were Hissing Cockroaches, which Sally scared the heck out of us by calmly saying: "Oh, one is missing. Do you see it?" Then after we all gasped and looked around, she admitted she was kidding. The second box had Hairless White Mice and the third had a Ball Python, an Arizona Mountain Kingsnake, a Boa Constrictor, and an Albino Burmese Python.

Mr. Tony Kerr, our brave and courageous Tiger Scout leader was the unwitting volunteer who had his shoulders draped with the Albino Burmese Python. You should have seen the look on his face when he opened his eyes!

Tiger Scout Leader Tony Kerr encounters an Albino Burmese Python

“It is our hope,” Sally told the scouts, “that, when it comes time for you to make a decision about saving the environment and wildlife, you’ll make a positive difference.”

TV and video games could never help people to understand the importance of wildlife preservation nearly as much as a hands-on, educational encounter with the real thing.

If your organization would like a presentation by WOWEE, contact: www.WOWEEWildlife.org.


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2 Comments to "WOWEE At Cub Scouts"

  1. Seth C. Burgess Said,

    My sister-in-law had a WOWEE animal show at her birthday party for friends a few years ago and it was a big hit with both the kids (~6 yrs.) and parents.

    Posted on Tue Jan 12, 11:50:00 PM EST

  2. Anonymous Said,

    wowee is wonderful I saw a show they did and I pulled up as they were ending my two kids wanted to see what was going on all these different animals being packed up to go home and The owner was very nice and a young lady was very sweet to bring my daughter around to see each animal my son was a little shy but they let my daughter pick a few animals and it was cool that they took the time to let my daughter see these unique animals and even let her pick a few to touch my son warmed up at the end apparently it was hot out the 2nd show they did but the owner was so happy to teach and put smiles on my kids faces and the young lady got my son to touch some type of popcorn bear very polite and outgoing These people really made my day and my children have not stopped talking about it so either I am going to have to take them to a show or book a private one so they will have proof of the matter for their friends not so much my younger one but my daughter wowee is the words thanks again sally and the young lady handling the animals for going the extra mile you are great.

    Posted on Fri Jan 22, 01:03:00 PM EST


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