Saturday, April 09, 2005

RODRIGUES FRUIT BATS - A day as a zoo-keeper is animal magic

Chester Zoo is offering opportunities for people to become a Zoo Keeper for the day. And people are snapping up the chance to get up close and personal with some of the most exotic creatures on the planet. Selena O'Donnell found out more.
icCheshireOnline has this article about Selena's day working as a zoo-keeper.
As I'm led into the bat house by an enthusiastic Chris I'm struck by the lack of smell.

Chris explained: 'We've had all the wood chipping changed recently so the smell from the bat's urine isn't as strong as it was.'

As the hundreds of Seba and Rodrigues Fruit bats wait for their meal, Chris and I deal out their pungent breakfast by sliding feeding trays into wire holders dotted about the exhibit.

'You need to keep the trays as spread out as possible, otherwise dominant males will leave everyone else hungry,' said Chris.