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Kids Get Up Close Look at Wild Animals at Larchmont Library

LARCHMONT, N.Y. – Finley Stokes, 3, felt the slimy skin of a snake, which was one of five "outragehiss" animals visiting the Larchmont Library Tuesday.

Finley's mother Marissa Stokes of Rye Neck brought her son and 22-month-old daughter Coby to the children's program, sponsored by the Friends of the Larchmont Library, titled "Outragehiss...Pets."

"It's good for all age groups," Marissa said.

An exhibitor brought five wild animals to the Village Center (behind the library), including a Burmese python, tortoise, blue and gold macaw, lizard and a chinchilla. Miles Contopoulos's favorite animal was the chinchilla because, he said, it was soft.

The exhibitor told the kids huddled in a circle that the chinchilla's soft fur allows it to escape danger by literally slipping away and that it is a nocturnal mammal. Sofia Rosenbaum, 6, said her teenage sister has a similar sleeping pattern.

Jennifer Dorian was attending another program at the library earlier in the day when she heard about the program. The Larchmont resident had planned to take her two children to the zoo anyway and decided to stay at the library to see some of the "Outragehiss...Pets."

Not only was it fun for her daughters Lilly, 4, and Zoe, 21 months, but it gave her an educational program during the week off from school.

The "Outragehiss...Pets" have been featured on MTV, Zink Magazine, Golf Digest, Animal Planet and Sport Illustrated, according to the website .

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