The Auburn Public Library continues to provide quality programs for residents, and school vacation week was particularly busy. While there were many programs for children, some of the most popular are those involving animals.

When Ed Laquidara stopped by the library on Wednesday, April 17th, he didn’t come alone. Ed, along with his wife Brenda, own Animal Adventures, a family zoo and rescue center in Bolton, and they provide homes to many animals including exotics that have been donated or surrendered.


 


During this presentation, the audience viewed and often petted a chinchilla, a pacman frog, a Brazilian three-banded armadillo, a Madagascar hissing cockroach, a boa constrictor, a ferret, and an American alligator.

Each presentation has a unique set of animals, and some performances are a bit unpredictable. Mordecai, the armadillo, was rolled up in his protective ball during the entire show. He apparently didn’t want to come out and play. The cockroach did.

It took five children to hold up the rather large snake while Laquidara gently kept the head under control. As required by law, the alligator’s mouth was taped shut for the entire day away from the zoo. This is not harmful to the young reptile.

The library regularly runs informative programs and they are listed on their website. Programs often fill up quickly, so be sure to register early. A program on baby chicks will take place on Friday from 3:45 to 5:00pm. An educator from Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary will be presenting.