Petting Lizards, Snakes, and Spiders Oh, My!

By Jamie Hoskins

December 22, 2012 Updated Dec 22, 2012 at 9:19 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Imagine getting up close and personal with a tarantula, a snake or even a kangaroo.

If you were at the Broome County Public Library on Saturday, you would have seen all of those.

Jordan Patch of Animal Adventures and organizer of Jungle Bells says events like this one let people to interact with exotic animals.

"When kids can touch and feel, and hold and feed animals that's when you are going to get the most impact out of them to learn and really appreciate animals," Patch said.

Patch says some kids jump right in to touch the animals, others take some enticing.

Animal Adventure will open this spring in Harpursville.

It will be an interactive park where people can experience the animals.

Our very own Meteorologist Howard Manges joined in on the animal fun and read a Christmas story to those who attended.