It's not often that one can see an alligator up close or a screech owl or a tarantula. But all of those animals and others were part of a Blank Park Zoo program at the Kendall Young Library Monday night.
Sam Dunn, an educator from the zoo, brought along several crates of nocturnal animals. The children were able to pet a salamander named Pickles and kept a close eye on a tarantula named Petunia. Dunn also showed the children a rescued possum and a screech owl with one wing.
Dunn talked about the animals' special skills that help them move around, hunt and hide from prey in the dark.
-Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Anne Blankenship
Area children had a chance to get an up close view of several nocturnal animals, including this alligator, Monday night at Kendall Young Library when the Blank Park Zoo brought a program to Webster City.