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For children, the allure of small exotic animals is strong

Jen Kotkin of Animal Embassy allowed visitors to the D.M. Hunt Library to feel Banana, an albino ball python. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

FALLS VILLAGE — Jen Kotkin of Animal Embassy finished showing a group of children a red-eyed tree frog at the D.M. Hunt Library in Falls Village on Thursday, Aug. 22.

She paused before asking the children to simmer down before bringing out the next exhibit: a scorpion.

The children seemed eager to see a real scorpion. The adults looked apprehensive.

Kotkin assured everyone that the scorpion would not sting unless provoked, and that if everyone kept cool, the scorpion would reciprocate.

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