Mammals were the topic of the December Stone Nature Center program. Smokey was asked to make a special appearance which delighted everyone. How many opportunities do you get to pet a wild coyote? Smokey came to live at the Center because she was badly burned by a fire when she was a pup. By the time she recovered she had become acclimated to humans. Now she visits schools and special programs where students learn how a coyote survives in the wild.
Blossom, the awesome possum, also made an appearance on Thursday. She was very well behaved and stayed on her chair while Dennis shared many interesting facts about possums. Possums’ body temperature are lower than other mammals which keeps them pretty much disease free.
There was also a very cute African Hedgehog who managed to wake up long enough to have his picture taken. They are nocturnal animals which makes them very sleepy during the day.