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By Photo courtesy of CALM
By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Apollo the kestrel bird and Jewel the king snake visited "First Look with Scott Cox" on Friday.
Unlike most guests on the simulcast, these from the California Living Museum were mostly silent.
So host Scott Cox did the talking -- he had no problem with that -- saying "nature is full of stuff you shouldn't be afraid of but too many people are."
He said it was awesome to be three feet away from a bird, and to hold a snake.
"We try to teach people and knock some of those myths away," zoo manager Lana Fain said of the animals, such as the belief that snakes are slimy.
She visited the show because CALM is celebrating its 30th birthday Saturday.
The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the zoo, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway.
From 10 to 11 a.m., CALM is premiering its new baby desert bighorn sheep born April 22, on Earth Day, "as long as Mom agrees," Fain said.
Entry Saturday is $9 for adults and $7 for seniors, and kids up to age 12 are admitted free.
Lain said every animal has what it likes and dislikes, and you learn their idiosyncracies and respect them. She reminded listenes and viewers that before they get any animal, they should research what that animal needs and make sure they can provide it.
Part of CALM's mission, Fain sad, is to teach respect for animals.