Family Program Story by Tyrion Perkins
Animal Advocates took over Ipswich Library Mezzanine on Monday night when Samantha Wheeler and Rebecca Johnson arrived with bag loads of fluffy animals and other equipment.
Samantha talked about the plight of wombats in South Australia which feature in her latest book, “Wombat Warriors.” She showed photos of the enormous burrows they dig on farms, and discussed what problems that those holes can cause the farmers and their animals. The young audience were horrified to hear the way the burrows are often dealt with and what it means for the wombats inside, and Sam discussed what alternatives there are and what the children could do to change what was happening.
Rebecca Johnson, author of the two series, “Juliet Nearly a Vet” and “Vet Cadets,” lead a mini vet convention. Each child took a vet kit and animal and Rebecca showed them how and how to find a heartbeat and to use a stethoscope. She also discussed why a vet might need a notebook, what needles are for, and where is the best place to take an animal’s temperature. The children got to practice all the different things on their animals and it took a bit of working out where the essential organs are of some of the more unusual animals. But that is what a vet has to do!
Blogging Team 2017