My family are regulars at Roger Williams Zoo in Providence. We have had a membership there since my oldest was two years old (that’s seven years for those of you who are keeping track). Sometimes, depending on the day, there are docents (volunteers) around the zoo that help to teach guests about the animals there.
On our last visit, which was about two weeks ago, we ran into a docent over by the elephant exhibit that was holding something that looked quite interesting. Sure enough it was elephant poop.
The docent asked the gruesome twosome if they wanted to touch or hold it – don’t freak out, it was shellacked, so it was safe to touch. The boys weren’t sure about it at first:
My little man ran away and wanted no part of it at all, but my nine year old was a little bit braver. He was leery, but he touched it.
And then docent just handed it to him and that was that:
Oddly enough, this was not his his first encounter with animal poop. Here he is in 2009 with my friend Julie at the Animal Kingdom in Disney World holding some Rhino poop (also shellacked).
Side note: look how little and cute he was. This picture was taken two days before his fifth birthday (four and 1/2 years ago).
How about you? Have you ever touched animal poop?