Blustery winds blew, clouds scudded, but hundreds of kids and other folks showed up anyway at the 33rd annual Walk With Wildlife on Saturday.
Catelynn Starnes caught her first fish ever, at age 8.
Breckyn Scanlon, age 7, got to see bugs. “We wanted to see more natural wildlife,” said his aunt, Kelsie Harder. Breckyn may have spent too much time chasing Pokemon and might benefit from seeing real creatures, Harder said.
Hundreds of other children and adults showed up at Chisholm Creek Park to see turtles, crayfish, hawks, owls, longhorn cattle, ducks, snakes, lizards, a beaver and two little raccoons.
Jay, a volunteer at Walk With Wildlife, seemed fond of the raccoons he brought. “I love you, I love you, I love you,” he kept telling them, as he reached a finger in their cage to tickle tummies.
“They drink coffee with me every day,” he told children looking on. “They eat pretty much whatever we eat.” He had rescued them and will soon put them back in the wild, he said.
Volunteers at the fishing pond said they’d stocked it with 200 one-pound catfish two weeks ago. By about 11:15 a.m. Saturday about 150 kids had showed up to fish, and volunteers said all of them caught a fish. Catelynn Starnes caught a carp.
“I came here because I like fishing,” she said.
But how does she know she likes fishing if she’d never caught a fish before Saturday?
Catelynn’s face took on a puzzled look.
“I like it now.”