St. Patrick’s Catholic School students visited by sugar gliders

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St. Patrick's Catholic School fifth grader Alejandra Ruiz enjoyed having a sugar glider crawl on her arm during a visit from the furry marsupial's owner, Larry Vodenik, who visited the school Wednesday.

Perry’s Larry Vodenik was a special guest of several classes at St. Patrick’s Catholic School Wednesday, and he brought some furry friends to share with the students in a fun and informative show-and-tell.

Vodenik had three of his pet sugar gliders with him, and spent time telling the students all about the furry marsupials while allowing the cuddly, furry critters to crawl on the arms, heads and shoulders of the excited youngsters.

The tiny relative of the possum family is an omnivorous native of Australia, New Zealand and the surrounding area. The animals are so-called because, like the flying squirrels, they have a skin flap along the side of their body that allow the animal to ‘glide’ from tree to tree without having to be exposed to the dangers of the forest floor.

Students in Daisy Diaz’s fifth grade classroom were the first to be visited and clearly enjoyed having the long-tailed tiny critters scurry across their desks and leap from student to student.

Vodenik later shared the sugar gliders with other classes, all of whom became devoted fans of the nocturnal marsupials.

Ismael Ferman-Nova pets a sugar glider.
Ismael Ferman-Nova pets a sugar glider.
Ruby Hernandez watches as a sugar glider prepares to show its leaping skills by springing away.
Ruby Hernandez watches as a sugar glider prepares to show its leaping skills by springing away.
Larry Vodenik is crawled upon by one of his sugar gliders while another nestles in his shirt pocket.
Larry Vodenik is crawled upon by one of his sugar gliders while another nestles in his shirt pocket.

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