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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Academy of Natural Sciences's Of Dire Wolves and Dragons: Game of Thrones Day

On Sunday (April 12), I went into the city to visit the Academy of Natural Sciences. Last week they advertised a Game of Thrones Day - they were going to bring in the wolf-dog hybrids from a farm in New Jersey. I've never watched Game of Thrones because we don't get HBO, but I wanted to see the dogs. I'm also a member and knew it would be a great day out.

I arrived to the ANS at 10:15 am and went to the cart of wonders to learn about wolves. They had wolf skins and skulls. I liked feeling the skins and it was neat to play with the skulls as they talked about the history. All throughout the ANS they had different displays set up in reference to the animals that are seen in Game of Thrones. I loved seeing the raven and Walter, their octopus (though, I think Paul is a better name for an octopus). ;)

Of course, I went to see the live animals in the Academy collection. They had an owl, skunk, and porcupine. I was amazed by the the owl and porcupine. The porcupine was saved from a brush fire, however, he has some scars that will never heal (that's why he's in the collection).I just love seeing the animals.

Later on, I did see the wolf-dog hybrids. They are illegal in Pennsylvania, but not in Jersey. The ANS had to get special permits for the dogs to be here. We weren't allowed to touch them, but we could get pictures of them and could take pictures in front of them. They looked just like regular dogs - they seemed very friendly and lovable, just like a pet dog. They were so cute, though it was sad to hear that they were bred for nefarious purposes. Also, a lot of wolves were wiped out in the 19th century.

It was a really nice day out. I'm glad I went and I'm glad I became an Academy member. It's a great place. :)

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