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Australian Outback Comes To School

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FORTY FORT -- Some kindergarteners took a trip into the Australian outback without even leaving school.

The animals they would find Down Under came to them, as the boys and girls at the school in Forty Fort got to play with a kangaroo, as well as some lizards and snakes.

The brave boys and girls let a tarantula go crawling right across their fingers, a little different than just seeing it in a book at Wyoming Seminary Lower School.

"I wasn't afraid," said Matty Voitek.

These kindergarteners weren't afraid of getting kisses from a lizard. They had no problem feeling the soft spikes on one, either.

And a boy had a ball python draped around his neck, not quite the tie he's used to seeing.

The biggest hit was Connor the kangaroo. The kids got a kick out of this baby roo, yes, wearing a diaper

This comes after weeks of learning about Australia and the wildlife in the Aussie outback.

"Kangaroos, platypus, koala, wallabies, and lots of stuff."

One girl was lucky enough to give little Connor his bottle. She'd already learned a lot about him.

"I fed it some milk and a mom can make milk for a big baby and a small baby," said Kennedy Lutz.

"It's so amazing. We teach them this unit about Australia and to bring Australia to them, to make it real it's just really exciting," said teacher Toni Loftus.

Jordan Patch from Animal Adventures in the Binghamton area loves presenting it all.

"It's great, it's living my dream, my passion, it's getting to educate kids on many different species of animal," Patch said.

Not only does Patch travel around teaching kids about these animals, one lives right on his bedpost. He has to treat the baby kangaroo just like we do our babies.

"Yes, the kangaroos at this age until they're about 11, 12 months, they live at our house, they're part of the family."

And part of a memorable trip Down Under for some courageous and curious kindergarteners.