Snakes alive

Despite her startled look Ashlyn (7) says she is not scared of the Stymsons python on her head. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d404195
Despite her startled look Ashlyn (7) says she is not scared of the Stymsons python on her head. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d404195

To the delight of local children, they were able to touch many of the creatures at two educational sessions at the Midland library.

Lorraine Dunn, from the centre’s education team, said Kanyana treated more than 2200 injured animals each year and had 350 dedicated volunteers.

‘These sessions can make a big difference in a child’s life. They get to see the real animal,’ she said.

‘We tend to forget about native animals. People are concerned about what is happening to the tigers and forget that we have native animals that need our help too.’

Seven-year-old Ashlyn, from Jane Brook, handled a Stymsons python.

‘I wasn’t scared of it,’ she said.

Ashlyn, who loves animals and wants to be a zookeeper when she grows up, said she had previously held a black-headed python ‘which was much bigger’.

The animals on display included the python, an echidna, bobtail lizard, bouddi, bilby and a possum.