Students “Ooh’ed,” “Aah’ed,” gasped and smiled as they visited with some furry, scaly, or hairless guests on campus Wednesday, Nov 4. Union Board’s Exotic Animals event allowed students to touch or hold animals like chinchillas, foxes, tarantulas and even gators.
Union Board Vice President of Late Night Events, Katie Zinkel, Birmingham junior, planned this event and was happy with the turn out. “I think the event went very well, said Zinkel, “It made me really happy to see so many people have fun at an event I brought to campus. Everyone I talked to about the event had a great time, and I was so glad it was a success.”
The animals were provided by Animals Rentals Inc., a company Zinkel said takes great care of their animals. For example, a scheduled animal was not fit to travel the day of the event so they brought a replacement. The complete list of animals at the event is as follows: African grey parrot, American alligator, albino Burmese python, chinchilla, fennec fox, geoffroy cat, hairless rats, hedgehog, leopard, skunk, tortoise and tarantula.
Check out the photo gallery for students’ exciting first moments with the animals and see if you can find your favorite!
Photos by Alex Carey