He pulled out two large insects, Madagascar cockroaches.
“Most insects only live for months, but these guys live for years,” he said.
They make the hissing sound by pushing air out of a bag and through holes on their back.
Jalee York, 6, liked the bunny rabbit best. Her sister Juliet, 7, agreed. Afterward both could remember some of the things the many animals liked. Rabbits eat dark, leafy greens and they will eat carrots.
“They are smart and can be trained to go in a litter box,” Thompson said. “I have some friends that are allergic to cats and have rabbits running free in their house.”
The children learned about the eating and habits of many animals, including a North American alligator, Chinese water dragon, silver ferret and flying squirrels.
Children love animals, said Christie Hamm, Children’s Services manager for the library. The program was made possible by donations from The Friends of the Library.
“A live experience is always better than a photo,” she said.