Zoo playtime at tots’ group

Look Out Mum: Emma Kimberley introduces Bob the corn snake to six-month-old Rupert Turner of Belper and his mother Rosie as Ambergate playgroup receive a visit from Zoologica Ltd.

Look Out Mum: Emma Kimberley introduces Bob the corn snake to six-month-old Rupert Turner of Belper and his mother Rosie as Ambergate playgroup receive a visit from Zoologica Ltd.

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RARE REPTILES and creepy-crawlies kept children in Ambergate entertained on Wednesday.

The youngsters attending the village playgroup, on Devonshire Street, were treated to a display by the educational animal workshop Zoolab.

Rangers presented a fun exercise session designed with younger children in mind.

Children examined a range of animals and insects, from a giant snail to a Chilean Rose Tarantula to observe how they move.

And the brave tots even got their hands on a 6ft corn snake as part of the day.

Then youngsters copied the behaviour of the animals they had met through a series of games.

Committee member at Ambergate and District Playgroup Carole Tallontire, of Newbridge Road in the village, said the money was raised to hire Zoolab after parents ran a refreshment stall at a village performance of Jack and the Beanstalk in February.

Carole, said: “the rangers were great - what they do is so different to the children’s usual routine. It’s the fact that they are able to handle these creatures they would not come across normally.”