“When’s the last time you got fed?” Beulah responded by clamping down on Mickey’s left foot and throwing a meaty coil around both his legs. “Easy, Princess,” he said. The Python wrapped upward with another coil, and then another. Mickey quickly locked both arms in front of his chest to protect his lungs from being crushed, but he was out of shape and Beulah was extremely powerful. “Wahoo!” he hollered. “Yo!” “What?” Called a voice from the house. “Get your butt out here!” (page 24)
Wahoo’s Dad Mickey is an animal wrangler. If there is an alligator, snake, lizard, bear or leopard in a movie, chances are Wahoo’s Dad was there during filming. The animals live on their property and Wahoo helps take care of them…when he remembers!
Times are kind of lean in the animal wrangling business and Wahoo’s family is having trouble making ends meet. When the reality television show “Expedition Survival” calls wanting to use some of the animals on an upcoming episode, Wahoo and his Dad can’t wait to get started…until they meet the show’s star – Derek Badger, “Mr. Show Business”. It’s going to take all of Mickey and Wahoo’s knowledge and patience to keep Derek alive, because they know what the animals are thinking, “All you stupid humans taste the same!” Author: Carl Hiassen
Watch Out! There are Animals About: As you explore your city habitat, keep an eye out for animals because they are everywhere. Look, listen and learn about “city animals” and how they live with and around people. Live Animals, presented by Animalia. 45 minutes, all ages, no registration required. Schedule
City Critter Chats: Meet animals face-to-face and spend time getting to know about them. Ask questions about the animal you see and try your hand at sketching it. Presented by Animalia. No registration required. Schedule
We’ve had great Indiana weather this Spring! Here are some ideas to get you started exploring and having fun in your own wild backyard:
Creepella investigates mysterious holes around Squeakspeare’s mansion – could legendary pirate Morgan Blackwhisker be searching for his lost buried treasure?
I really like it! The Creepella books are WAY funny!
Personally, I’m a fan of “WAY funny!” so I’m going to give this one a try. I’ve read Geronimo Stilton’s books about himself and his sister Thea, but have not read any about Creepella von Cacklefur, a journalist just like Geronimo…but creepy! Author: Geronimo Stilton
Believe it or not, a bear served in the British Army during WWll. In 1942 five Polish soldiers adopted a bear cub from a boy in the mountains of Iran. They named him Voytek, which means “Smiling Warrior” in Polish. Voytek loved army life and the soldiers loved Voytek. He slept in the tent with them. He drank beer and smoked cigarettes. He took showers. He even caught a spy!
In order to travel with his company to Italy, he was officially enlisted as Private Voytek. During the battle of Monte Cassino he joined the soldiers passing ammunition to the front and never dropped a shell. The officers were so impressed they made a picture of Voytek with a bomb in his paws as the emblem of the Transport Company of the 2nd Polish Corps.
Read about Private Voytek’s amazing adventures in this book based on the true story of Voytek, the bear that went to war. Soldier Bear won the 2012 Batchelder Award for most outstanding book translated to English.
When his owner’s parents let him go in Central Park, a young guinea pig learns to survive in the natural world with the help of a “park-wise” squirrel while trying to find his way back home.
Peewee’s Tale is a great book about a guinea pig named Peewee that gets given to a little boy for his birthday by his uncle, which his parents dislike greatly. When the boy goes on a sleepover at his friend’s house, his parents let the guinea pig run away. Read Peewee’s Tale to find out if Peewee finds his owner or if he’s on his own.
:If you like Pee-Wee’s adventures trying to survive in a human world, try these: