National Geographic : 1956 Nov
Zoo Animals Go to School "Maggie is a snake from South America. I like Maggie a lot. I really like her." If any generalization can be made, it would be that boys tend to prefer reptiles-snakes, turtles, lizards, and crocodilians. Of course when an animal does something unusual he is likely to be named the favorite of the entire class or school. Kenneth, my vivacious wanderoo monkey from India, is a master at this-stealing pencils, erasers, books, plants, chalk, or my jewelry. If there is a piano in the room, he'll hop up and down on the keys. He loves to go to school. When ever he sees his carrying case, he climbs in, impatient to be off. The antics of Tinker, the kinkajou, also enchant teachers and pupils alike. She likes to wrap her feet, legs, and tail around a microphone. She sniffs loudly into the sound head while I try to talk, and then slides down the stem like a fireman down a pole. Tinker usually awakens slowly. When I take her out of her carrying case in a school room, she yawns and stretches. If I give her a chance, she'll dash back into the case and close the lid-anxious to get back to sleep. Anyone in the animal business knows how foolish it is to predict what an animal will do, but I had watched this performance so many times that finally I couldn't resist.