District children gathered at the Dimboola showgrounds for a morning of school holiday fun to see Jamie and Kim’s Mobile Zoo.

A large crowd attended the Dimboola Library School holiday program that had the children sitting on the edge of their seats.

Jamie said he has lots of animals that live at his home with his wife and children.

“Some of the animals sleep in our beds and run around the house,” he said.

Xavier Clugston and Seamus Clarke with the blackie the snake
Xavier Clugston and Seamus Clarke with the blackie the snake

“My house is truly amazing place to live.”

Jamie had several pet boxes on the floor and discussed each animal with the children.

The amazing thing was the knowledge the children had on the animals.  

The children were happy to play with the possums and nurse the lizards. The frogs were a treat as well. Jamie spoke about the threats to some of the Australia Native animals from the habits of humans and commended the children who had reusable water bottles.

Jamie then brought out the snake Blackie that was a 12 year old python and was about 2.5 metres long.

“I named him ‘Blackie’, that is one of five pythons I have had for 12 years. I call them all Blackie,” said Jamie.

Patrick and Seamus Clarke hold the large carpet snake Blackie.
Patrick and Seamus Clarke hold the large carpet snake Blackie.

Some of the children were not so sure when it came to holding the snake.

Jamie explained to the children what to do when they see a snake in the wild.

“If the snake is moving, stop and stand still then let it pass. If the snake is laying still, stop and carefully step backwards and do not startle the snake,” said Jamie.

Brook Ward, Artie Avery and Seianna Avery admire the lizard.
Brook Ward, Artie Avery and Seianna Avery admire the lizard.

“I do not let the kinder age children hold Blackie for safety reason,” he said.