First day of the summer
This past Tuesday was my first day of the summer & my first day volunteering! I had to learn the what my daily routine would be like…
First, there is roll call and loggin
g my hours in the Volunteer Services Office. Next, I head to the Children”s Zoo where I either sign-out an animal to show to guests or work in the goat yard. I share a shift with Alex and we go back-and-forth between animal handling and working the petting zoo.
Tuesday, I handled the animal first while Alex headed to the goat yard. Mark, our adult volunteer took me to the newly rennovated building, they keep the animals in. Once there he showed me how to check the sign-out book to see which animals where available. The only animal available at that time was Stokely…a corn snake.
For every animal there is a different way to prepare them. In Stokely”s case, I needed a deep styrofoam box, a pillow-case, and duct tape. I set Stokely in the the pillow-case and pulled it up gently around him. The tricky part is the pillow-case. It must be tied and this isn”t an easy task. You have to hold the top of the bag and slide one hand down to make sure the snake hasn”t tried to get out. Then, you keep the snake in place with one hand and with the other hand twist the bag to the top and tie the knot. This is safe to practice at home, but I recommended using a fake snake! The lid is then put on the box and secured with duct tape on each side. Stokely is ready to go now.
Mark and I got a spot in the Children”s Zoo and I got Stokely out. I must admit I was nervous in the beginning. Stokely is a young corn snake and didn”t really want to hold still. After a little bit I relaxed and so did he. It was fun to see the reactions of little kids as they saw the snake. They either ran right up and reached directly for the snake”s head (which is a big no-no), or they were afraid of Stokely and wanted to know why he wasn”t biting me. Mark and I would ask the children who were brave enough to touch Stokely what they thought he felt like. One said he felt like gummy bears (?) and another said he felt like boots! After showing off Stokely, I took him back to his enclosure and returned everything I used. I signed the snake back in and I logged how many people I talked to. Mark counted that I spoke to 136 in about 45 minutes!
Alex and I switched spots, it was my turn to help in the goat yard.
So for a first day, I”d say it was pretty good! Looking forward to next week already!