Sunday, August 23, 2009

Meet Wilson, the fruit bat

The last day of zoo art camp we received a special treat. A keeper brought Wilson, the fruit bat, to our classroom.

The two fruit bats are not on display at the zoo. Instead, they are used for education purposes, like our art camp or on visits off site to schools.

He looks so soft and fuzzy, but we were informed that he is slightly greasy since his fur is waterproof.

By Washington State law he cannot be outside; in theory he could wreak havoc on our fruit trees.
It was fun watching the kids draw him. Most of them drew him upside down, but a few insisted in drawing him right side up. It's funny the way our brains insist on placing things "correctly" in our minds!

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