WAYLAND — The Wayland Free Library has spent the summer showing the community how to build a better world.
On Aug. 16 the community came together to see the exotic animals from Two Barn Farm. Two Barn Farm owner Tammy Sweet talked about each one, and the importance of keeping the environment safe. Sweet told the crowd to pet her animals with one finger gently, and not to scare them with loud noises.
Amelia the Chinchilla was a big hit with the little ones, and they loved feeling her soft fur.
“They are threatened, because their fur is used to make fur coats,” Sweet said. “It takes about 900 of them to make a short length fur coat.”
Amelia loves to clean herself by burrowing in the sand.
Many of the exotic animals have come to the farm via rescue.
“When we pack up for events I have one kid do one job at a time,” Sweet said. “They know what they need to do. We are very cautious with the animals. My animals are also very used to farm animals.”
Tang the Bearded Dragon will puff out his sides and face if he feels threatened.
Sweet mentioned how Bearded Dragons and Geckos have live births. Their young do not come from eggs like most reptiles.
Sweet said that reptiles get caught up in the plastic and straws and will get hurt or killed.
“The plastic kills millions of animals,” she said. “They get caught up in the plastic and it will crush them or strangle them. Everything we dump into the garbage goes back into the environment.”
Sweet added it is important to cut up the plastic into tiny pieces before throwing it out, or to recycle all the plastic.
“If you cut it up into small pieces and put it in the recycle bin that is better,” she said. “A lot of sea life and forest life get the plastic wrapped around their necks. It is important to think about the environment, and how all of this gets thrown into landfills.”
Sweet said her animals like to be around people, and are good about being handled.
Link the Russian Tortoise can live to be about 100 years old, and will be willed to her son Brett.
“The undershell tells you about the age of the tortoise,” she said. “All of my animals are willed to me son, Brett.”
Sweet mentioned it is important to leave the turtles and tortoises in their environment.
“They need their environment. They will get sick if you take them out of their environment,” she said. “If you care about them leave them there. Don’t hit their shells, because they use them for protection. If their shells get cracked they will most likely die.”
Perhaps the star of the show was Fred the Umbrella Cockatoo.
“Fred is the clown on the farm,” Sweet said. “He knows when it is dinner time, and he is very loud. He acts like our dinner bell.”
Fred is a rescue animal just like most of the animals.
“It took him a long time to get used to the men, because his owners would hit him with a hat,” Sweet said. “You can’t wear hats around him, because he will scream in fear.”
Fred says many different things such as; “Papa,” “Hi Friend,” “Hi Fred,” “Bye Bye,” and “Yeah.”
“He loves to be hugged, and he is always showing off,” Sweet said. “He also laughs a lot.”
Wayland Free Library Director Jen Farr said that this program went very well.
“The crowd was very respectful this time,” she said. “It has been a great summer for the kids. I love the fact that the children could get close to the animals.”
Farr said there was a huge turnout for Jax the baby kangaroo too.