Blind Kids Pet Siberian Tiger
Petting a live tiger is definitely one of the more interesting ways I’ve seen people create a more inclusive environment. When the Oregon Zoo’s female Amur tiger needed her annual physical, a class of blind children were invited to come and meet the 230 pound animal up close and personal.
Since many of the kids have been blind since birth conceptualizing a tiger is somewhat challenging. When the world is what you touch, hear, or smell tigers aren’t high on a moms check it out list. Stories and explanations are okay but nothing beats being able to interact with the real thing.
The kids got to touch tigress Nicole everywhere! Her rough sand paper tongue, delicate ears, rough outer coat, and razor sharp claws were all part of the experience.
Hopefully more zoo’s across the country will offer opportunities like this for kids to learn in their own unique way.
What’s the best example you’ve seen of creating an inclusive classroom for the young? Any stories to share?
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