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Amazing Animals wow at Needham Library

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By Katrina Margolis
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Bethany Jakubson, the owner of Amazing Animal Ambassadors, had wanted to work with animals since she was three years old.

Today, she not only is able to work with them, but she shares the joy of animals with audiences all over the place.

Their goal is to share knowledge about these lesser-known animals, like Ande the chinchilla.  Photos by Katrina Margolis

Their goal is to share knowledge about these lesser-known animals, like Ande the chinchilla. Photos by Katrina Margolis

Recently, Amazing Animal Ambassadors came to the Needham Public Library, where Jakubson and a coworker taught an absolutely packed room about the different animals they have rescued.

“They all have some sort of background as to why they came to be with us, whether they were with someone for several years or months that they couldn’t stay with them anymore, or if it was a wild animal that just doesn’t make a good pet, so they came to stay with us,” Jakubson explained.

The first animal brought out was Cali, a triton cockatoo. Cali loves to say “Happy Birthday!”, which she demonstrated quite a few times to the crowd. Cali is just one of the many birds Animal Ambassadors have in their care.

Following Cali, Jakubson brought out Ande, a chinchilla. Though the little guy was scared at first, he calmed down after a few treats and displayed his adorable ears and fur to the audience.

Amazing Animal Ambassadors brought animals from Africa, South America, Australia, Europe, Asia, and the US. They offer a variety of events including birthday parties and special events through Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. The shows are designed for any age, and while the majority of the audience was comprised of children, parents and guardians were able to learn something new about animals like the long-haired tarantula or blue-tongued lizard.

Jakubson has had the ability to rescue dozens of animals over the years, not only helping these creatures live better, healthier lives, but also pursuing her life-long passion in the process.

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