Exotic animals take over FPU

by Jenna Harrington
edited by Katie Davert

More than 50 students got to pet a chinchilla, a hedgehog, and even a snake at the Wildlife Encounters event on Sunday, April 2nd.

The event was held in Spagnuolo Hall and included other animals such as an alligator, a wallaby, a goat and a frog. This event was organized and presented by the Class of 2019.

(Photo: Jenna Harrington)

Wildlife Encounters is based in Rochester, New Hampshire. Owner Derek Small was present to teach students about these animals and answered any questions. The exhibit was set up like a petting zoo that could be walked through.

Freshman Kasey Russo enjoyed the hedgehog the most. “Being able to pet and watch the little critter run around was awesome. ┬áIt really helped with my stress being able to pet such an unfamiliar animal,” said Russo.

The goat’s name was Tootsie and she was a big hit for many people. Students could sit in her pen, pet her, and feed her hay. “It’s not every day you get to see a goat,” said senior Colleen Kelly. “I think Franklin Pierce should hold more events like this and the therapy dogs. Events with animals serve as a learning purpose and a stress reliever.”

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