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Exotic animals amaze Bartley Elementary students, teachers

Rick Lang, animal specialist with the Bureau of Lectures and Concerts, Inc., holds a black and white South American tegu so it can lick the cheek of Bartley Elementary student Michelle Blakely. Blakely volunteered herself for the demonstration unaware the tegu, named Black Friday, was going to give her a kiss during the "Amazing Animals Assembly" at Bartley Elementary on Thursday. Others animals showcased included Larry, the legless lizard; McNugget, the long-haired chinchilla; Tony, the sulcata tortoise; Julius Squeezer, the carpet python and Tasha, a seven-week-old wolf that is half artic wolf and half Canadian wolf.

Rick Lang, animal specialist with the Bureau of Lectures and Concerts, Inc., holds a black and white South American tegu so it can lick the cheek of Bartley Elementary student Michelle Blakely. Blakely volunteered herself for the demonstration unaware the tegu, named Black Friday, was going to give her a kiss during the "Amazing Animals Assembly" at Bartley Elementary on Thursday. Others animals showcased included Larry, the legless lizard; McNugget, the long-haired chinchilla; Tony, the sulcata tortoise; Julius Squeezer, the carpet python and Tasha, a seven-week-old wolf that is half artic wolf and half Canadian wolf. Photo by Brittany Ruess.

Bartley Elementary welcomed new friends to school on Thursday — Larry, the legless lizard; Julius Squeezer, the carpet python; and Tasha, a baby wolf — just to name a few.

The animals were a part of the "Amazing Animals Assembly" at the school, which featured creatures from The Bureau of Lectures and Concert Artists, Inc., a company that puts on entertaining and educational programs for school children.

Other animals included a long-haired chinchilla, sulcata tortoise and black-and-white South American tegu.

Students volunteered to hold the animals during demonstrations led by animal specialist Rick Lang.

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